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Parliamentary questions
18 July 2008
Answer given by Ms Vassiliou on behalf of the Commission

The Green Paper ‘Towards a Europe free from tobacco smoke: policy options at EU level’(1), refers to the estimates of mortality attributable to passive smoking in the EU reported by Smoke-free Partnership in Lifting the Smoke-screen: 10 reasons for a smoke-free Europe(2). These estimates are based on the international evidence on the level of risk posed by exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and the estimated proportion of the population exposed rather than individual cases of deaths due to passive smoking. The nature of the epidemiological evidence on all risk factors, be they chemical or other, is such that it does not allow to identify the victims at individual level but only populations.

The Commission is now considering several possible policy options including a possible proposal for a Council recommendation as a follow-up of the Green Paper.

The Impact Assessment currently being carried out will provide a basis for the final policy choice. It will also provide further information on the impact of exposure to ETS on health.

(1)COM(2007)0027 final
(2)Jamrozik K., ‘An estimate of deaths attributable to passive smoking in Europe’, Lifting the smokescreen: 10 reasons for a smoke-free Europe, Smokefree Partnership (February 2006).

OJ C 999, 01/01/2009
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