UPDATE: Member States vote to Adopt Potentially Flawed Draft Acts of Tobacco Products Directive

The following is a short but important update for those following the additions to the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). Below is a statement provided to me by EU Commission spokesperson Anca Paduraru:   “Member States voted and our experts are currently finalising and translating the draft acts before making them available. On 29 November, Commissioner…

Closing the Independence Loophole in the Tobacco Products Directive

Despite calling for independent providers to help the EU track and trace tobacco products, big tobacco can use “Independent” firms to sneak through a major loophole in the tobacco products directive Fighting Illicit trade with the Tobacco Products Directive On the 4th of September 2017, The EU Health Commission published a draft secondary legislation¬†relating to…

Inexto: Big Tobacco’s Trojan Horse

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcZ6Ruj-rLE&w=560&h=315] Although they claim otherwise, big tobacco does gain¬†from counterfeiting and smuggling cigarettes. It is not that all smuggling and counterfeiting is good for the industry, and they do fight, even aggressively at times. It is my belief that in other times they only vein a fight. ASH recently published a fact sheet stating:…

Who Will Lead the WHO?

Upcoming Elections In May 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) will hold its General Assembly. Member states will select who the new director general is to be. The WHO plays a major indirect role on the ongoing EU Health Commission discussions on tracking and tracing tobacco products as they have created clear guidelines on tobacco…