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Tobacco e-cigarettes

EU legal acts

Since 20th of May 2016 Member States should apply the Directive 2014/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014, replacing  Directive (2001/37/EC), which lays down rules governing the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. These include cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, pipe tobacco, cigars, cigarillos, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes (also refill containers) and herbal products for smoking as well as novel tobacco products.
In particular, the Directive:
 
  • prohibits the placing on the market of tobacco products with characterising flavours and containing some specific additives;
  • requires manufacturers and importers of tobacco products to submit to their competent authorities information about i.a. a list of all ingredients, and quantities thereof, used in the manufacture of the tobacco products;
  • introduces obligation of placing appropriate health warnings on a unit packet and any outside packaging of tobacco and related products. What is more, the Directive determines minimum dimensions and the design and the contents of the health warnings on a unit packet of these products;
  • bans all promotional and misleading elements on tobacco products;
  • introduces EU-wide tracking and tracing to combat illicit trade of tobacco products;
  • allows Member States to prohibit cross-border distance sales and internet sales of tobacco and related products;
  • sets out safety and quality requirements for electronic cigarettes and refill containers;
  • requires manufacturers and importers of electronic cigarettes and refill containers to submit to their competent authorities information about i.a. a list of all ingredients and emissions resulting from their use;
  • obliges manufacturers and importers to notify novel tobacco products before placing them on the EU market.
Below there are implementing decisions connected with the Directive:
We also encourage all the producers and importers of tobacco products and related products to follow the website below, where you can find documents concerning tobacco directive, for example: warning messages on tobacco packages or format for submission of data on ingredients. 
 
http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/key_documents/index_en.htm#anchor0
 

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