Tobacco Products Directive

The revised EU Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) came into force from 20th May 2014.  Member States had two years to transpose the new rules into national law.  

The aim of the Directive is to harmonise laws on tobacco and related products, to facilitate the smooth functioning of the internal market and to meet EU obligations under the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control.

The European Union (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of Related Products) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 271 of 2016), transposing the Directive into Irish legislation, came into effect on 20th May 2016.

The Regulations provide for more stringent rules for tobacco and related products and, from a public health perspective, focuses on limiting their appeal, in particular to young people.  They include measures for labelling, ingredients, tracking and tracing, cross border distance sales and the regulation of electronic cigarettes, refill containers, herbal products for smoking and novel tobacco products.

Guidance on the notification of e-cigarettes and refill containers under the European Union (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of Tobacco and Related Products) Regulations 2016

Guidance Commercial communications restrictions for e-cigarettes and refill containers