Illegal cigarette trade generates billions of tax losses for the EU. The introduction of Track and Trace systems is hoped to put an end to this. Photo: Domino

Illegal cigarette trade generates billions of tax losses for the EU. The introduction of Track and Trace systems is hoped to put an end to this. Photo: Domino

Track and Trace for Tobacco Packaging

Country-specific challenges

The EU Directive 2014/40/EU stipulates that packaging of tobacco products must feature a unique identification comparable to pharmaceutical packaging from May 2019. Photo: Domino

The EU Directive 2014/40/EU stipulates that packaging of tobacco products must feature a unique identification comparable to pharmaceutical packaging from May 2019. Photo: Domino

However, by industry accounts, there is no smuggling of cigarettes and cigarillos. This packaging will in future also be subject to the traceability system. Photo: Breakingpic

However, by industry accounts, there is no smuggling of cigarettes and cigarillos. This packaging will in future also be subject to the traceability system. Photo: Breakingpic, https://www.pexels.com/photo/autumn-cigarettes-hazelnuts-smoking-2975/

The EU tobacco directive

In some countries inside and outside the EU only uniform packaging without brand symbols is sold. In Norway, for example. Photo: Helsedirektoratet

In some countries inside and outside the EU only uniform packaging without brand symbols is sold. In Norway, for example. Photo: Helsedirektoratet

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