A CALL has been made at the European Parliament for European Union (EU) Member States to phase out tobacco vending machines and ban promotional items such as lighters, ashtrays and free cigarettes. The key aim would be to discourage smoking by children and teenagers, said a report approved by the parliament's environment committee. It was commenting informally upon a proposed Recommendation (formal guidelines) on tobacco control being considered by the EU Council of Ministers; the parliament is not being formally consulted.

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