The European Court of Justice has rejected lawsuits aiming to block the EU’s tough new regulations on tobacco products. Cigarette packs throughout the EU are to have standardized plain labels with graphic images of the health risks of smoking.
Measures aimed at curbing tobacco-related deaths now reach more than 60 percent of the world's population, the WHO says. But attempts by the tobacco lobby to sway government policy remain a "deadly barrier."
Tobacco and alcohol consumption is falling, but a graying Germany is at risk of becoming more dependent on pharmaceuticals.
The ECJ ruled in favor of those calling for plain tobacco packaging laws and a ban on flavored cigarettes. The move comes ahead of a new law in Germany that will see pictures of diseased lungs on packs of cigarettes.
The UN's health agency has announced that "plain packaging" for tobacco products has a clear impact on smokers's behavior. Several countries, including New Zealand and Norway, have also pledged to ditch pack logos.
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