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EUROPE

More warnings on cigarette packs

02 Dec 2020. The EU is set to introduce new warning symbols to cigarette packs to bring attention to the plastic contained in cigarette filters, reports WELT AM SONNTAG.

Cigarette filters and the cellulose acetate they are made of are a huge problem for the environment and not a problem many smokers are aware of. The EU now wants to make sure that the residues and toxins now longer reach the soil and water via general rubbish collected in streets. According to WELT AM SONNTAG, cigarette filters have been added to the Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment.

The new warnings, which are to cover at least 3.92 cm2 of the box, are to be added to cigarette packs as early as next summer. One warning on a red background shows a finger flicking away a stub, another on a blue background shows a turtle and a crossed out cigarette. The text “Plastic in Filter” is written underneath.