A pan-European tobacco display ban and a reprieve for menthol cigarettes are among a raft of amendments that have been tagged on to the EU Tobacco Products Directive ahead of a key vote next week.
The vote in the European Parliament was scheduled to take place last month but was delayed at the instigation of the largest voting block of MEPs - the centre-right EPP Group. In the interim, a host of amendments have been added and will all be voted on next week.
Key policies of the Bill include increasing the size of pictorial health warnings text warnings, a ban on all flavours (including menthol), a ban on 10-packs and RYO tobacco packs of less than 40g, and the regulation of e-cigarettes as medicines.
Various amendments made this week call for the size of warnings to be reduced to anything from 50% to 65%, while another calls for an exemption for flavoured cigarettes in countries where market share is more than 2.5%.
However, according to one industry insider, the amendment with the biggest chance of success was that calling for e-cigs not to be regulated as medicines.