Legal basis

In May 2016, the Tobacco and Non-Smokers Protection Act (TNRSG) came into force, thus transposing the corresponding EU Directive (2014/40/EU) into Austrian law. This directive aims to harmonize the requirements for tobacco products throughout the EU, to improve health protection and to prevent young people from taking up smoking.

The Tobacco and Non-Smokers Protection Act regulates the marketing of tobacco products and related products, which includes any novel tobacco product, herbal smoking products, the electronic cigarette and their liquids.

Anyone who places tobacco products or related products on the market has comprehensive obligations. These range from reporting extensive data (such as ingredients, emissions, toxicological data, and sales volume) on each product to the EU Common Entry Gate (EU CEG), to appropriate labeling, to compliance with numerous prohibitions (such as advertising, sponsorship, distribution to persons under the age of 18, mail order).

On the website of the Ministry of Health you will find further relevant information in connection with tobacco and related products.

Office for Tobacco Coordination

Last updated: 10.10.2023

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