The European Union's executive Commission is to propose larger health warnings on cigarette packets and a total ban on flavorings such as menthol, a draft revision of EU tobacco rules seen by Reuters showed on Monday.
The proposals stop short of forcing all cigarettes to be sold in plain packets carrying graphic health warnings, as required in Australia from the start of this month. But individual EU governments will be free to insist on such packaging if they choose to do so.
Due be published on Wednesday, the proposals must be jointly approved by EU governments and the European Parliament before they can become law, a process that could take up to two years.
If this becomes law in the EU, will they face complaints related to both plain packaging and flavoring bans? Will banning all flavors, including menthol, mean that the EU can succesfully defend a claim like the one Indonesia brought against the U.S. flavored cigarette ban (which exempted menthols)?