Is the European Commission’s heated tobacco flavour ban out of bounds?

The recent proposal by the European Commission (EC) to ban flavoured heated tobacco products has sparked a debate on a number of issues. One of the most important of these is the examination of whether the EC has exceeded its powers by introducing a new legal definition – the one for heated tobacco products – into the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) through a delegated act.

This report asks and answers questions about concerns over the issue, including relevant definitions and precedents, as well as possible outcomes and effects.

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Sergi Riudalbas

Legal analyst
Sergi holds a Master’s degree in European Union Law from the University of Amsterdam, where he also participated in the Fair Work and Equality Law Clinic. He graduated in Law from the University of Barcelona in 2019. He worked as a legal research intern at Global Human Rights Defence, an NGO that monitors human rights violations worldwide. He also engaged in a traineeship program in an Egyptian law firm in 2019, arranged by AIESEC.

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