BRUSSELS – There is currently no ’gold standard’ to measure the amount of harmful substances smokers exactly intake. That enables the European Commission on the occasion of the Dutch case to EU rules at this point to change.
During a meeting of experts of member states, there was last week but “limited interest of the other member states to this discussion at this point to continue”, said the spokeswoman of european Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis (Health).
Secretary of state Paul Blokhuis (public Health) argues on the basis of new research into the harmful substances in cigarette smoke for adjustments. He wants to “measurements without tampering.” The national Institute for public Health and the Environment (RIVM) found that with a different measurement than that now required is the tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke is much higher.
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