CIGARETTE packets sold in the European Union could be graced with gory medical images designed to shock smokers into quitting, as a result of a compromise deal struck between the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament over the final form of the new European tobacco directive.

It was the anti-smoking zeal of MEP's that led to the directive giving Member States the right to introduce such pictures; the European Commission is to produce, by December 2002, guidelines on the use of graphic and photographic images.

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