ECL is working tirelessly with partner organisations to advance the efforts of the EU Tobacco Products Directive.  We will cover many of the issues at our upcoming European Conference on Tobacco or Health in Istanbul, March 2014.

Proposal of the European Commission - the revision addresses the following main issues:

  • how to regulate products which do not contain tobacco, but which are closely linked to smoking or tobacco consumption, for example electronic- and herbal cigarettes,
  • labelling and packaging of tobacco products
  • additives, such as flavourings, used in tobacco products,
  • internet sales of tobacco products and
  • tracking and tracing of these products.

(Source:  European Commission)

The Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC) (TPD 2001) dates from 2001. It stipulates maximum limits in cigarettes for substances such as nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide. It also requires manufacturers to put textual health warnings on tobacco products and ban terms such as «light», «mild» or «low tar». Through the revision of this Directive, the Commission seeks to regulate tobacco products on a uniform basis in all Member States, to improve awareness of dangers of tobacco use, to increase motivation to quit and to discourage initiation of smoking.

Below is  the 2012 position of the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) and the Smoke Free Partnership on the revision of the tobacco  products directive 2001/37/EC, which might be useful for the lobby strategy on tobacco control in your country in the coming years.

Revision of the tobacco products directive

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