brussels - There is currently no 'gold standard' to measure how many harmful substances smokers ingest. This is what the European Commission is proposing in response to the Dutch plea to change the EU rules on this point.
At a meeting of experts from member states last week there was also 'limited interest from the other member states to continue this discussion on this point', according to the spokeswoman for European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis (Health).
State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (Public Health) argues on the basis of new research into the harmful substances in cigarette smoke for adjustments. He wants 'measurements without tampering. 'The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) found that with a different measurement method than currently required, the levels of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke are much higher.
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