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Tobacco Production: European Union

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of tobacco produced in the EU is high tar. (116504)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is not available.

Maximum machine-measured tar levels in cigarettes produced in the European Union are set by Directive 2001/37/EC, a copy of which is available in the Library.

Because machine-measured tar levels in cigarettes do not provide a meaningful indication of the tar levels actually obtained by an individual smoker, the Directive also banned the use of misleading descriptors on cigarettes packs such as “low tar”, “light” or “mild” from 30 September 2003.