Measures that EU countries and economic operators need to enact to put in place the EU-wide tracking and tracing system planned for under the Tobacco Products Directive¬† (articles 15 and 16) have been clarified in secondary legislation adopted by the Commission today. Welcoming the adoption of the legal acts, Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis reminded that “Illicit tobacco trade increases access, including by children and young adults, to cigarettes and other tobacco products, which remain the biggest avoidable cause of premature death in the EU. This fraudulent practice is also responsible for millions of euros in tax revenue losses for EU countries every year.”


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