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What is TPD? Why should you bother?

Firsty, what do you know about the Tobacco Products Directive?

TheTobacco Products Directive(TPD) orEuropean Tobacco Products Directive(EUTPD) (2014/40/EU) is a directive of theEuropean Unionwhich legislatesthe sale and merchandising of tobacco and tobacco related products acrossthe EU. The TPD aims to ensure a high level of health protection for European citizens. The Directive entered into force on 19th May 2014 and became applicable in the EU Member States on 20th May 2016.

This Directive coversthe manufacture, presentation, and sale of all tobacco related products including cigarettes, roll your own tobacco, andelectronic cigarettes. In order to address this situation, the European Union and its Member States have taken various tobacco control measures in the form of legislation, recommendations and information campaigns.

In summary, the policies for the Tobacco Products Directive cover; the regulation of tobacco products on the EU market (e.g. packaging, labelling, and ingredients), advertising restrictions for tobacco products, the creation of smoke-free environments, tax measures and activities against illegal trade, and acquiring anti-smoking campaigns.