EU Rules on Tobacco Products


The cigarette is the most highly regulated consumer product in Europe.

What does the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40 do?

  • Combined Health Warnings on each cigarette pack.
  • Removal of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide labelling
  • Health warnings must cover 65% of the front and back of cigarette and roll-your-own tobacco packages
  • Combined Health Warnings on each cigarette pack.
  • (Picture, text and information on how to stop)
  • Health warnings must cover 65% of the front and back of cigarette and roll-your-own tobacco packages

Packs:

  • Bans small packages for certain tobacco products
  • Bans descriptors such as natural or organic
  • Packs must contain 20 cigarettes and weight 30g per pouch

Packs:

  • Bans small packages for certain tobacco products
  • Bans descriptors such as natural or organic
  • Packs must contain 20 cigarettes and weight 30g per pouch

Ingredients:

  • Ban on flavoured tobacco such as fruit, spice, herbs etc
  • An exemption for menthol flavours until May 2020
  • Tobacco Industry must submit detailed reports about the ingredients used in products

Ingredients:

  • Ban on flavoured tobacco such as fruit, spice, herbs etc
  • An exemption for menthol flavours until May 2020
  • Tobacco Industry must submit detailed reports about the ingredients used in products

Traceability:

Introduces EU-wide tracking and tracing to combat the illicit trade of tobacco products


Traceability:

Introduces EU-wide tracking and tracing to combat the illicit trade of tobacco products


New products:

  • Sets out safety, quality and notification requirements for electronic cigarettes
  • Child resistant/tamper evident packaging is required for liquids and devices
  • Obliges manufacturers and importers to notify EU countries about new products before placing them on the EU market.

New products:

  • Sets out safety, quality and notification requirements for electronic cigarettes
  • Child resistant/tamper evident packaging is required for liquids and devices
  • Obliges manufacturers and importers to notify EU countries about new products before placing them on the EU market.