Cigarette tobacco dating codes
The system will require electronic codes to be affixed to every cigarette pack sold in the EU.
Tobacco companies already code cartons and cases as part of agreements with the bloc’s anti-fraud office, using the current coding standard in Europe followed by industries in general.
Counterfeit and contraband accounted for more than 9% of EU cigarette consumption — or 48 billion cigarettes — in 2016, according to a study by KPMG.
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