Berlin (AP) - In the coalition, there seems to be increasing movement in negotiations on a large-scale ban on tobacco advertising on billboards and in the cinema.
Both Union Group Vice Gitta Connemann (CDU) and the responsible SPD rapporteur Rainer Spiering urge a speedy result. Both spoke out for the fact that there should also be a ban on tobacco advertising for so-called tobacco cookers. It is still unclear how e-cigarettes are regulated. "We also have to take care of e-cigarettes," said Connemann.
Union and SPD have long argued over an outdoor advertising ban on tobacco products. So far, it was considered open, how far a ban on advertising and what happens with e-cigarettes. Tobacco advertising is already banned in radio, television, newspapers and magazines.
Connemann told the German press agency: "We do not want a gange state. But we have to protect young people even better from the dangers of smoking than before. "The Union approached the SPD long before the summer break. "Now I hope that we come quickly to conclusion." The SPD politician Spiering said the dpa, a decision should be made "as soon as possible", so that even in this legislature with a tobacco ban could be launched.
An international agreement of the World Health Organization on tobacco control provides for a ban on poster advertising and a restriction of cinema advertising for tobacco products. "Germany has agreed to this," said Connemann. "Contracts should be kept. We want to implement these commitments - one to one. »
It's not just about tobacco advertising, Connemann said: "We also have to take care of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes have it all. Thousands of flavors are used, and only a few are tested for their effects in humans. Here we have to do more for health. That is why, in parallel with the expansion of the advertising ban on tobacco products, we need a consumer and youth protection package on e-cigarettes. "
Connemann had already spoken out in favor of stricter rules for nicotine-free electric cigarettes. The SPD also wants the ingredients and additives of so-called liquids in particular to be more regulated and continuously monitored.
Spiering said he was explicitly in favor of a tobacco ban. "We are concerned with the protection of young people and children." A reduction of advertising incentives for the consumption of cigarettes and tobacco products and a ban on e-cigarettes to children and adolescents make sense and could prevent the entry into a smoking career. "We must therefore focus on prevention and prevent children and adolescents in particular from starting to smoke." Smoking was one of the biggest preventable health risks, as confirmed by various studies.
If it had gone exclusively to the SPD, would have been implemented in the last legislative period, a corresponding legislative proposal, said Spiering. However, this was not feasible with the Union. "Now we take a fresh start."
In the US, e-cigarettes are now very controversial. Reasons are deaths and lung injuries related to the use of e-cigarettes. In Germany, the compositions of the active ingredients of e-cigarettes are more strictly regulated than in the US.