SFP response to EC Consultation on 'Alcohol & tobacco bought abroad – review of tax rules'

Monday, 26 April 2021

The European Commission consultation 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 input to the roadmap (our response and list of supporting organisations are available here) and the consultation alike. As a supplement to our answers, we also prepared a position paper, highlighting the organisation's main asks:

  • Reduce the indicative limits in line with the average consumption of private individuals to, at most, 200 cigarettes and 150g of smoking tobacco
  • Replace the EU indicative limits with mandatory limits
  • Revise the rules to improve the legal certainty regarding the concept of own use by private individuals

The reply to the consultation and the position paper are available for download below.

List of endorsing organisations:

European organisations

European Heart Network (EHN)

European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP)

European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM)

Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL)


European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA)

INWAT Europe


National organisations

Belgium, Alliance Smoke Free Generations

Belgium, Fondation contre le Cancer /Stichting tegen Kanker

Belgium, Kom op tegen Kanker

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Progressive Reinforcement of Organizations and Individuals (PROI)

Bulgaria, Smoke Free Life Coalition

Czech Republic, Česko Bez Couře

Denmark, Danish Cancer Society

Finland, Cancer Society of Finland

Finland, Suomen ASH

France, Comité National Contre le Tabagisme (CNCT)

France, La Ligue contre le cancer

Germany, Blue 21 Unfairtobacco

Germany, German Smokefree Alliance

Ireland, ASH Ireland, a Council of the Irish Heart Foundation

Ireland, Irish Cancer Society

Israel, Smoke Free Israel

Italy, Società Italiana di Tabaccologia

Kosovo Advocacy and Development Center (KADC)

Lithuania, Lithuanian Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition (NTAKK)

Macedonia, Institute of Public Health of Republic of Macedonia

Montenegro, NVO JUVENTAS

Netherlands, Health Funds for a Smokefree Netherlands (GvRV)

Norway, Norwegian Cancer Society

Poland, MANKO Association

Poland, Medical University of Gdańsk

Portugal, Centro de Apoio, Tratamento e Recuperação

Romania, Asociatia Romana pentru Promovarea Sanatatii (Romanian Association for Health Promotion)

Romania, Association Healthy Romania 2035

Serbia, Association Health Mission

Serbia, Serbian Society for the Fight Against Cancer

Slovenia, No Excuse Slovenia

Slovenia, Slovenian Coalition for Public Health, Environment and Tobacco Control

Spain, Comite Nacional de Prevencion del Tabaquismo

Spain, Grupo I + D en Economía, Políticas Públicas y Salud

Spain, XQNS!

Sweden, Tobaksfakta: A think tank on tobacco

Turkey, Health Institute Association

Ukraine, Advocacy Center LIFE

United Kingdom, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH UK)

United Kingdom, ASH Scotland

United Kingdom, Cancer Research UK (CRUK)

United Kingdom, Fresh – Balance

United Kingdom, UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies

Wales, ASH Wales

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