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Problems regarding smoking cessation

The new directive on tobacco products: “«Battle» ended, «Battle» is just beginning!”

Magda Ciobanu, Paraschiva Postolache
1. Expert al Ministerului Sănătăţii pentru controlul tutunului la Comisia Europeană și Organizaţia Mondială a Sănătăţii; Institutul de Pneumoftiziologie „Marius Nasta“ 2. Universitatea de Medicină și Farmacie „Grigore T. Popa“, Iași; Spitalul Clinic de Reabilitare Iași, șef de secţie


As tobacco products are sold in all the 28 member states of the European Union, they are subject of regulation of the internal common market. Thus, the Directive 2001/37/EC lays down rules at Union level concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products. In order to reflect scientific, market and international developments, substantial changes have to be made and the Directive was replaced by a new Directive. The process has begun in 2009 and was finished in December 2013, with a political agreement regarding the new provisions. The final vote in the European Parliament (expected for February 2014) will mark the end of a long and difficult legislative process. The article presents the main changes of the regulation of tobacco products from the point of view of health professionals, closer to their expectations and understandings. The complete text in Romanian and English language of the new directive will be available on:

Keywords: tobacco, European directive, smoking habit