SFP response to EC Roadmap on 'Alcohol & tobacco bought abroad – review of tax rules'
Thursday, 14 January 2021
The European Commission roadmap focused on updating the rules for tobacco and alcohol bought abroad and improving the misuse of existing cross-border arrangements for such purchases.
SFP provided a response to the roadmap, outlining the organisation's main priorities on the issue:
- An upward convergence of prices across the European Union would reduce cross-border tobacco products purchasing and improve public health, by contributing to decrease in tobacco consumption.
- Lowering the guide level to 200 cigarettes and 150g of smoking tobacco would reduce tobacco cross-border shopping.
- In addition, we support the principles invoked by the alcohol control community, which are equally applicable in the case of tobacco cross-border shopping.
List of endorsing organisations (as of 14 January 2021):
- Slovenian Coalition for Public Health, Environment and Tobacco Control
- Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL)
- Lithuanian Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition
- The Norwegian Cancer Society
- European Heart Network
- German Smokefree Alliance (ABNR)
- XQNS! Spain
- Smoke Free Israel
- Smoke Free Life Coalition Bulgaria
- Health Funds for a Smokefree Netherlands (GvRV)
- ASH Ireland, Council of the Irish Heart Foundation
- Download ResponseRoadmap (84 downloads)