ETHRA’s monthly roundup of news: BECA report adopted - BVRA joins ETHRA - Countries propose anti-vaping measures - Tobacco Tax Directive revision - UK leads the way in tobacco harm reduction - INNCO position statement on flavours. Read on for more.
What is the Tobacco Excise Tax Directive?
Excise duties are indirect taxes on the sale or use of goods such as alcohol/alcoholic drinks, fuel or tobacco products.
Today, Directive 2011/64/EU “on the structure and rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco” (Tobacco Excise Directive) covers product definitions, excise tax structure (how excise tax is calculated), tax base (what exactly is taxed, for example a cigarette stick or a kg of fine-cut tobacco), and tax level (how much the minimum tax per unit must be) for combustible tobacco (cigarettes, fine-cut tobacco, cigars, cigarillos, pipe and other smoking tobacco).
On Thursday 9 December, the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) met for the final time to vote on amendments and the Rapporteur’s report on how to strengthen Europe’s role in the fight against cancer. The report was adopted with 29 MEPs in favour, 1 against, and 4 abstentions. The final report will include 145 compromise amendments which were adopted in their entirety. Among those adopted is compromise amendment 8c which directly relates to safer nicotine products.