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Parliamentary questions
29 May 2017
E-003557-17
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE) , Frédérique Ries (ALDE)

 Subject:  The use of ventilation holes in cigarette filters
 Answer(s) 

On May 29 2017, the Dutch national newspaper ‘de Volkskrant’ reported that ventilation holes in cigarettes contribute to an increasing risk of ‘adenocarcinoma’, the most common form of lung cancer.

Research from the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. shows a connection between the perforated filter and an increase in this specific type of cancer. Based on the findings of the research institute, the ventilation holes in cigarettes could pose a new threat to public health. Moreover, these ventilation holes mislead the measuring equipment that is developed to detect harmful substances in cigarettes. Experts have therefore requested a strict ban on ventilation holes.

Is the Commission aware of the potential health risk of ventilation holes in cigarettes and has the Commission taken any action or investigated the issue at an earlier stage?

Based on the research findings, does the Commission believe that the European standards for cigarette components and the measurement methods, which are developed to detect harmful substances in cigarettes, should be adapted?

Has the Commission envisaged other steps to further investigate the issue and does the Commission intend to update the current Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) based on the findings of this research?

Dernière mise à jour: 15 juin 2017Avis juridique