October 8, 2013

Bad news for U.S. burley growers: Europe bans most tobacco additives

Delivering a blow to the U.S. tobacco industry, the European Parliament today voted to ban the use of most additives and flavorings used to improve the taste of cigarettes. Kentucky burley growers had lobbied against the measure, fearing the new rules would make it harder to sell their crop to Europeans. Currently, 43 percent of the burley grown in Europe is exported to Europe. The burley is routinely mixed with additives.

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