Rules for tobacco products

Check what you need to do if you manufacture, import, transport, store, or sell tobacco products in the EU.

From 20 May 2019, all unit packets of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco manufactured or imported in the EU (except for existing stock) must:

  • have unique identifiers (UIDs) on the packaging
  • have 5 specific security features applied to the packaging
  • be scanned at certain points in the supply chain

From May 2024, this will apply to all products containing tobacco.

Manufacturing and importing

Selling and storing

  1. Selling and storing tobacco products
Published 29 January 2019