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EU seeks to create 'Tobacco-free Generation'

BRUSSELS, May 30 (KUNA) -- The European Union has made reducing tobacco consumption a key priority with a very clear goal - to create a 'Tobacco-free Generation', EU Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, said in a statement Tuesday to mark World No Tobacco Day ,which falls on 31 May.
"Despite considerable progress made in addressing the use of tobacco in recent years, the number of smokers in the EU is still too high. We need to step up our action to deliver on the commitment to reduce tobacco consumption in the EU population from today's 25 percent to 5 pct by 2040," she stated.
Kyriakides said that she we will be proposing new recommendations to EU Member States on promoting smoke-free environments to further reduce the use of tobacco and protect citizens. (end) nk.aa