Additives may be displayed on cigarette packs
- By: Muhunthan Thillai
Cigarette manufacturers in Europe may be forced to display a list of their products' top 10 additives on the side of their packets. Giving evidence to the House of Commons health select committee last week, the health secretary, Alan Milburn, said that consumers had a right to know exactly what they were smoking.
“When I go into a supermarket to buy some food, I see what's in it and then make a choice on whether or not to buy it,” said Mr Milburn. “Smokers should have the same rights.” Mr Milburn said that a Europe-wide directive to force tobacco companies to disclose the names of over 600 additives in cigarettes would be drafted by May this year. The list of additives would first be published on the Department of Health's website and then on the sides of cigarette packets.
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