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Cigarette health warnings plan risks jobs and is criminal's charter, claims DUP's Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson

The DUP has warned that hundreds of jobs in Northern Ireland have been put at risk after an EU vote meant health warnings covering 65% of cigarette packs are likely to come into force.

The European Parliament in Strasbourg voted on a raft of measures to help curb smoking but stopped short of introducing plain packaging for tobacco.

Speaking after a visit to cigarette manufacturer JTI's tobacco factory in Ballymena, East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson called the directive "a criminal's charter" and said the EU directive "will put hundreds of these jobs in jeopardy, will not reduce smoking and will be an early Christmas present to the increasingly sophisticated criminal gangs who will see demand for illegal cigarettes soar".

Belfast Telegraph