EU regulation and cooperation in the tobacco policy
The EU Directive concerning tobacco products and the EU Directive concerning advertising and sponsorship of tobacco products have been implemented in Finnish tobacco legislation.
- Directive 2014/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and rela-ted products and repealing Directive 2001/37/EC
- Directive 2003/33/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 May 2003 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the advertising and sponsorship of tobacco products
The Tobacco Products Directive contains supplementary implementing regulations. A summary page of supplementary regulations is available from the link below. By clicking the Finnish ver-sions are available.
- Summary page of the supplementary implementing regulations relating to the Tobacco Products Directive
Products referred to in the Tobacco Act also belong to the scope of application of the EU market surveillance regulation. In addition, the filters used in tobacco products belong to the scope of application of the Directive on single-use plastics.
- Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on market surveillance and compliance of products and amending Diretive 2004/42/EC and Regulations (EC) No 765/2008 and (EU) No 305/2011 (Text with EEA relevance.)
- Directive (EU) 2019/904 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment
Traceability system of tobacco products
Provisions on the traceability system for tobacco products are laid down in the EU Directive 2014/40/EU concerning tobacco products. Its aim is to prevent the illicit trade of tobacco products.
In the Tobacco Act (549/2019), the provisions on traceability are in chapter 6. More detailed information about the traceability system and its implementation can be found on Valvira’s website on the prevention of illegal trade.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health appoints the issuer of identification codes required by the traceability system for tobacco products imported to the Finnish market. The ID is-suer appointed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is Allexis s.r.o. We recommend that the economic operators monitor the ID issuer’s websites monthly for possible updates and news.
Meri Paavola, Ministerial Adviser
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Department for Safety, Security and Health / TUTO, Wellbeing and Health Protection Unit / HYT Telephone:0295163343 Email Address:
Reetta Honkanen, Senior Specialist
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Department for Safety, Security and Health / TUTO, Wellbeing and Health Protection Unit / HYT Telephone:0295163684 Email Address: