SZPI warns of the forthcoming ban on sale of heated tobacco products with characteristic flavours
The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) informs the public and business entities that as of 23 October 2023, an amendment to Act No. 110/1997 Coll., on Foodstuffs and Tobacco Products will come into force. The amendment, which was published in the Collection of Laws on 16 June 2023, prohibits sale of heated tobacco products with characteristic flavours or containing aromas.
In accordance with Article 12(4), placing heated tobacco products with a distinctive flavour on the market will now be prohibited and, according to Article 12(6), heated tobacco products will not be allowed to contain flavourings in any of their ingredients. Furthermore, flavourless heated tobacco products intended for smoking must be labelled as smoking tobacco products in accordance with Section 12d of Act No 110/1997 Coll., i.e. with a message providing information and a combined health warning.
The amendment to Act No. 110/1997 responds to the European Commission’s Delegated Directive (EU) 2022/2100 of 29 June 2022, which cancels certain exemptions for heated tobacco products. According to the European Commission’s report, the ban was introduced in the view of the increase in sales of heated tobacco products.
CAFIA warns operators that the amendment to Act No. 110/1997 Coll., on Foodstuffs and Tobacco Products, prohibits marketing of heated tobacco products with a distinctive flavour and requires heated tobacco products without flavour to be properly labelled with an information message and a combined health warning, under penalty of up to CZK 10 million.
Ban on characteristic flavours for heated tobacco is further explained in the notification on the CAFIA website.
Article by: Bc. Marek Bartík – Officer for Media Communication
12th October 2023