Tobacco Products Directive

More than ten years after the European Commission adopted the Tobacco Products Directive and, following developments in marketing, science and international developments, the Commission published a proposal for a revised Directive on 19 December 2012. The Committee sent a letter to Anna Soubry MP, Public Health Minister, Department of Health on 24 April 2013. The Government response to this letter was received on 17 May 2013.   


The proposal consists of new and strengthened rules on how tobacco products can be manufactured, presented, and sold, as well as new provisions for products that were not specifically regulated so far, including e-cigarettes and herbal products for smoking. Specifically, the Commission’s proposed revision of the Directive includes provisions on the labelling and packaging of products; their ingredients; smokeless tobacco items; the extension of the Directive’s scope; selling tobacco merchandise across Member States’ borders and the illicit trade in tobacco products.

The Government

The Government submitted its Explanatory Memorandum on the proposal on 21 January 2013 and the Committee has been scrutinising the Government position. The Committee held two oral evidence sessions on 6 and 13 March 2013 when they heard from Cancer Research UK, the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association and Anna Soubry MP, the Minister for Public Health. 

If you would like to read the Government’s explanatory memoranda on the proposals sifted for further scrutiny you can find them on the Cabinet Office's European Memoranda search page.