EU urged to press ahead with tobacco crackdown amid lobbying scandal

Leading doctors are calling on the government to lean on the European commission to press ahead with the promised tough new tobacco products directive, in spite of the resignation of the EU health commissioner and a growing scandal in Brussels around alleged tobacco industry influence, reports the Guardian.  The commissioner John Dalli has revealed that he was forced to resign by the European commission president, José Manuel Barroso, following an investigation by the EU anti-fraud office into a complaint by a Swedish tobacco company.  The company, Match, which makes the EU-banned smokeless tobacco product “snus,” alleged that a compatriot of Dalli’s had offered to arrange meetings with the commissioner for money. Dalli denied meeting any lobbyist.