(Additives and flavourings, package appearance, traceability and security element)
Times, they are changing - and the tobacco product control is too …
In April 2014, EU passed a new Tobacco Products Directive, the “TPD”.
Amendment to Act No. 110/1997 Coll., on food and tobacco products, Decree No. 261/2016 Coll., on tobacco products, and Decree No. 37/2017 Coll., on electronic cigarettes, have transposed TPD into Czech national legislation.
The track and trace requirement in respect of cigarettes and cut tobacco will enter into force on 20 May 2019. The entire supplier chain of tobacco products is now getting ready vigorously for the system to be launched.
What are the key measures included in the TPD?
*"Characteristic flavouring" means a distinct flavour or taste other than tobacco.
TPD also stipulates the form, wording and scope of the general warning, information message and combined health warning.
A general warning reading “Smoking kills – stop now” must cover 50 % of the surface.
An information message reading “Tobacco smoke contains over 70 substances known to cause cancer.” must cover 50 % of the surface.
A combined health warning must contain one of the 14 text warnings and corresponding colour picture included in a list of graphic warnings (3 “libraries”, rotating every year); furthermore, they must contain stop smoking information reading as follows: “How to quit smoking: www.koureni-zabiji.cz ”. The combined health warning must cover 65 % of the outer surface of the front and back side of the packaging.