Malta: heated tobacco regulation, May 2024

The Maltese government has not disclosed any plans to lift the ban on smokeless tobacco, which is why heated tobacco products (HTPs) will remain illegal for now.

It remains to be seen if such a ban on “smokeless products” will be maintained after the expected revision of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), as it is expected to introduce specific rules and classify HTPs as a product; a ban could be seen as a barrier for the single market and should therefore be adequately justified considering national circumstances.

This report provides a detailed analysis of the current regulatory framework in place in Malta for heated tobacco products, covering all policy areas from notification and labelling to advertising and taxation.

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Mohamed Yousef

Legal analyst
Mohamed brings more than four years of experience in the field of policy analysis. He has previously worked at Dow Jones & company as a research analyst. He is based in Barcelona, Spain; and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Alexandria University.

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