Selling tobacco products in Italy

Selling tobacco products in Italy


Manufacturing, distributing and selling tobacco and tobacco products fall under the regulations of the Italian Tobacco Act as well as under the Community legislation. Italy is a signatory member of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control since September 2008. Italy has an extended legislation regarding the consumption of tobacco products and also provisions for Italian companies selling tobacco.

Italian companies selling tobacco products are not allowed to display any direct or indirect advertisement to tobacco products. Manufacturers of tobacco are also required to label and sell cigarettes while complying with the Legislative Decree with respect to applying health warnings on tobacco packages, limitations on certain substances contained by the product and listing the ingredients used in the manufacturing of the tobacco products. Also Italian companies selling tobacco products are required to eliminate descriptive terms such as ‘light’ or ‘mild’.

List of ingredients

Tobacco retailers are also required to submit a detailed list of all the ingredients used to manufacture the products with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economy in Italy.

Italian companies manufacturing, distributing and selling tobacco products are supervised by the Independent Administration of State Monopolies (AAMS) which also collects the taxes applied to tobacco retailers in Italy.

Setting up a tobacco company

If you are willing to set up a tobacco company, you will be required to register the company with the Trade Register first, select the correspondent NACE code in the Nomenclature of Economic Activities and then lodge an application with the AAMS in order to be included in the official retail price list.

Once the company has been included in the official price list, the AAMS will verify the product description and classify it in order to apply the correct tax rate and to make sure the product complies with the regulations regarding labeling and ingredients.

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