With 55 Scottish children taking up smoking every day, the country’s two Labour MEPs voted in the February Strasbourg Plenary for measures which aim to reduce this figure.
Recent statistics show nearly 20,000 children in Scotland are taking up smoking each year, so part of the new measures ban gimmicky products which companies use to target young people.
The new legislation will bring in larger picture warnings covering two-thirds of each cigarette pack with governments free to introduce full-standardised packaging. The law also bans an array of products such as flavoured cigarettes and lipstick and perfume packs.
Scotland’s Labour MEPs, Catherine Stihler and David Martin, said this week: “The fact that just short of 20,000 children in Scotland took up smoking last year means tough action had to be taken to protect our nation’s health.
“Part of these new measures will also protect children from being cynically targeted by tobacco companies with their chocolate and strawberry flavoured cigarettes, designed to lure young people into a life-long addiction.
“Tobacco is the cause of more than 100,000 deaths each year in the UK - nearly half of smokers will die from a smoking related disease - and remains the leading cause of preventable premature deaths across Europe. It is time to act.”