Smoke-free Environments: The Commission turns the clock back 30 years

Thursday, 01 February 2024

By failing to publish its proposal on smoke-free environments, heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes/vapes enjoy the same liberties that cigarettes had 30 years ago.

A cloud of smoke used to welcome anyone who entered a bar in the 1990s. Since then, EU regulations have made it illegal to smoke indoors as well as in a list of other public areas. However, new products, such as heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes/vapes, are excluded from these regulations. The Commission could have fixed this by publishing its proposal on smoke-free environments, which was initially expected for Q3 2023. 

The Von der Leyen Commission failed to deliver on tobacco control: not a single piece of legislation on tobacco has been published. The Recommendation on Smoke-free Environments, which is non-binding, now joins the group of tobacco control files the Commission decided not to take further, like the revision of the EU Tobacco Tax Directive (TTD) and the revision of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). 

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