ETHRA was encouraged to receive an invitation from the European Commission’s DG SANTE to a virtual meeting entitled "New tobacco and nicotine products in tobacco control policies," which took place on Thursday 10 February. The meeting’s objectives were not clear, but it offered consumer organisations an opportunity to express their views on safer nicotine products.
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).