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Warning over pack sizes in Tobacco Directive

13 December, 2013

Members of the European Parliament are being urged to support a lower limit on the size of packaging for roll-your-own tobacco as part of the Tobacco Products Directive.

MEPs are currently debating whether to increase minimum sizes to 20g or 30g and Priti Patel MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group, has warned that the higher pack size would hit small and independent retailers hard and instead increase illicit sales.

She said: “This Directive will push prices up and will benefit criminals and smugglers at the expense of small and independent retailers.

“Two-thirds of roll-your-own tobacco is sold in smaller 12.5g packs in this country and minimum pack sizes of 30g will limit consumer choice and devastate thousands of hard-working shopkeepers.”