THE EU Council of Ministers has approved a European public health programme for the years 2001-2006, which is likely to lead to further efforts by Brussels to dissuade people from smoking. Ministers agreed that Euro 280 million should be spent on the plan, which will include the creation of a comprehensive data bank on habits affecting health, such as smoking. It will also involve "strategies to identify the most effective policy for combating disease and promoting health." Said health and consumer protection Commissioner David Byrne: "We ...

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