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EU received €1,346,899,492 from PMI over 11 years.

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News released this week show that the EU did a deal with Phillip Morris International (PMI) that resulted in the EU receiving €1,346,899,492 from the Tobacco Industry.

Reporting in the EUobserver online magazine, the revelations have caused quite a stir within the vaping community, with some raising questions as to whether this deal had any bearing on the Tobacco Products Directive and the subsequent harsh regulations dealt out to e-cigarettes.

The deal was made back in 2004, when the EU dropped charges against PMI and a few other tobacco companies.  In exchange, PMI would help with reducing illegal tobacco smuggling and regard the monies as a fine.

This deal is now coming to an end, and there are tentative negotiations that might mean it is extended, but there are still many questions unanswered regarding it.  One such question is that the EU have allegedly only contacted PMI once in 11 years regarding smuggling, and why is it that PMI, as stated in their press release “continues to be extremely pleased with the operation of the Agreement.”

MEPs have been critical regarding the lack of transparency around this deal, and are asking why it took a Freedom of information act to find out about the finer details. To make matters worse, MEPs are only allowed to read the details of the deal in a closed room with a time limit.
4th December 2015, 14:50