Friday, 20 May 2016

Directive on tobacco products (sort of) in force

Today, the implementation delay given to Member States to integrate the Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) has elapsed. Many Member States are actually not finished with the implementation process, but since several of the obligations imposed by the Directive on producers are quite straightforward, it is to be expected that these obligations will be treated as binding form now on.

What are the main points of the Directive? What consumers will notice more easily is that:
1) graphic and textual info will have to be very prominently displayed, including some simplified content information (ie the standard sentence "Tobacco smoke contains over 70 substances known to cause cancer" will replace substance-by-substance info);
2) 10-cigarette packages will disappear, and so all sort of flavoured cigarettes;
3) the packaging and labeling of e-cigarettes will change, to sport a notice that non-smokers should not start using them.

Want to know more? Check the condensed info sheet put together by the Commission here and the whole information package concerning the directive here

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