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EU TPD Revision: Feburary 2024

“Political decisions” about the future of novel tobacco and nicotine products in the EU will be made by the next European Commission, the EU spokesperson stated1. The 2024 European Parliament election is scheduled to be held on 6-9 June 2024.

The EU legislative framework for tobacco control, the so-called EU Tobacco Products Directive (EU TPD), aims to improve the functioning of the internal market for tobacco and related products, while ensuring a high level of health protection for European citizens. The latest revision of the Directive (2014/40/EU), which is based on the proposal of the European Commission, entered into force on 19 May 2014 and became applicable in the EU Member States on 20 May 2016.

In February 2023, the European Commission launched an evaluation of the framework for tobacco control. The EU TPD (2014/40/EU) currently covers traditional cigarettes and novel products, such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco, but does not include new products that emerged after 2014 – such as the nicotine pouches and heated nicotine sticks. Due to the lack of an EU framework, Member States have regulated these products differently: for instance, Finland and Denmark legalized nicotine pouches while Belgium and the Netherlands banned them.

References:

  1. Next Commission will make ‘political’ decisions on tobacco directive, EU official says – Euractiv ↩︎

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