The European tobacco traceability system enters into force

EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

Cigarettes packs with graphic health warnings are seen for sale together with candies at a small vendor store on World No Tobacco Day in Manila, Philippines, 31 May 2017. This year's theme is 'Tobacco - a threat to development.' According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 'Tobacco control can break the cycle of poverty, contribute to ending hunger, promote sustainable agriculture and economic growth, and combat climate change.'

The European tobacco traceability system enters into force


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The European system of tobacco traceability and security features has become operational today, which is a huge step in the EU’s fight against illegal trade in tobacco products.
The new traceability markings on the packs of cigarettes will enable national authorities to track and trace the movements of these packs across the legal supply chain in the EU.
While today is the legal launch date, the EU-wide system for tobacco traceability already started its operations on 10 May 2019. Over the past days, economic operators (producers, distributors, shop owners etc.) across the EU have begun to register themselves, and their facilities in the system.

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