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


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