A report by the Commission on the implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive 2001/37/EC found that the provisions of the Directive on health warnings and maximum tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide are being respected by Member States.

However, only 13 Member States have provided information about the ingredients of tobacco products.

Public authorities report to have a very incomplete picture of the ingredients being used in cigarettes, their functions and their health effects on consumers, mainly due to incomplete disclosure of information by tobacco companies.

In the autumn of 2005, the Commission will launch a consultation with Member States on how to make the disclosure rules on additives more effective.

- Commission press release

Last modified on October 30 2008.