10 key changes for tobacco products sold in the EU

As a result of EU legislation, there are 10 changes to the way tobacco products can be sold in Europe:

  • Graphic pictorial health warnings will cover 65% of the packaging
  • Ban on cigarettes and roll-your-own with characterising flavours such as menthol that mask the taste and smell of tobacco
  • Labelling will now include the fact that ‘tobacco smoke contains over 70 substances known to cause cancer’
  • No promotional or misleading packages and no packs of less than 10 cigarettes
  • Mandatory electronic reporting on ingredients by manufacturers and importers
  • Safety and quality requirements for e-cigarettes
  • Packaging and labelling rules for e-cigarettes
  • Monitoring and reporting of developments related to e-cigarettes
  • EU countries may ban cross-border sales
  • Measures to combat illicit trade

For more information about these 10 changes in tobacco trade on the europa.eu website