BRUSSELS  - European Union Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli resigned after being cited in a probe by the EU anti-fraud office over a tobacco-linked influence-peddling claim. The commission said the Maltese commissioner left "with immediate effect" after informing Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso "of his decision following an investigation by OLAF, the EU's antifraud office, into a complaint" by Swedish Match. A statement said the company alleged that a Maltese entrepreneur used his contacts with Dalli "to try to gain financial advantages from the company in return for seeking to influence a possible future legislative proposal on tobacco products.”