Measures on manufacturing and labelling

On the basis of public health protection, the Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC) foresees measures on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products. It sets maximum limits for tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide yields of cigarettes and requires the industry to report on ingredients in tobacco products.

Health and other warning messages have to appear on tobacco products and they must not contain descriptive elements suggesting that they are less harmful than others (e.g. "light"). A library of pictorial warnings has been developed to complement the textual warnings and is being used by an increasing number of Member States.

In May 2007 the Commission published a Practical Guide on the Reporting on tobacco products ingredientspdf(96 KB) under Article 6 of the Tobacco Products Directive and in September 2007 a Practical Guide on Cigarette yield measurement and some basic steps for laboratory approvalpdf(67 KB).

arrowApproved tobacco testing laboratories in EU Member States as requested by the Tobacco Products Directive.

The Second Report on the Application of the Tobacco Products Directivepdf(73 KB) Choose translations of the previous link български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) was published in November 2007.

Cases before the European Court of Justice:

> Case C-210/03 -The Queen, on the application of: Swedish Match AB and Swedish Match UK Ltd v Secretary of State for Health.

> Case C-434/02- Arnold André GmbH & Co. KG v Landrat des Kreises Herford.

> Case C-491/01- The Queen v Secretary of State for Health, ex parte British American Tobacco (Investments) Ltd and Imperial Tobacco Ltd.

> Case C-11/92- The Queen v Secretary of State for Health, ex parte Gallaher Ltd, Imperial Tobacco Ltd and Rothmans International Tobacco (UK) Ltd.

> Case C-222/91- Ministero delle Finanze and Ministero della Sanità v Philip Morris Belgium SA and others.

> Case C-343/05- Commission of the European Communities v Republic of Finland