The Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) entered into force on 19 May 2014 and became applicable in the EU Member States on 20 May 2016. The Directive 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 and herbal products for smoking.
In particular, the Directive:
- prohibits cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco with characterising flavours,
- requires the tobacco industry to submit detailed reports to the Member States on the ingredients used in tobacco products, in particular cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco,
- requires that health warnings appear on packages of tobacco and related products. Combined (picture and text) health warnings must cover 65% of the front and back of cigarette and roll-your-own tobacco packages,
- sets minimum dimensions for warnings and eliminates small packages for certain tobacco 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 internet sales of tobacco and related products,
- sets out safety and quality requirements for consumer electronic cigarettes, and
- obliges manufacturers to notify novel tobacco products before placing them on the EU market.