Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has expressed dismay that her fellow MEPs from the North, Diane Dodds and Jim Nicholson, voted against the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) in Strasbourg yesterday.
Martina Anderson said:
"It is disappointing that Jim Nicholson and Diane Dodds felt they could not support the TPD control legislation, overwhelmingly endorsed by over 500 other MEPs in the Parliament, including all other Irish MEPs. This directive contains strong measures which seek to limit the attractiveness of tobacco products to young people and children.
"I understand some MEPs have been exercised over the issue of minimum weight for Roll Your Own tobacco packages. A minimum weight of 30g was agreed in negotiations. Whilst I would have preferred a higher minimum weight, it is important that 30g was agreed as a minimum. These smaller packs, aptly known as ‘kiddie packs’ are evidently much more affordable and therefore attractive to young people who can easily buy them out of their pocket money. It is right that a minimum weight was set, addressing a key aim of this legislation – to reduce the attractiveness of tobacco products to children." CRÍOCH/ENDS