Tobacco use is a highly addictive behaviour which is responsible for a significant amount of ill-health and the leading cause of preventable death in the World. Around 500 people die each year in Malta from tobacco use and second hand smoke. Smoking increases the risk of heart and vascular diseases, stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, lung cancer and other types of cancer as well as increasing the risk of infertility. All of these health effects are avoidable. Quitting smoking is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health.
The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate offers Tobacco cessation services. Phone the quit-line on 23266116 or Freephone 80073333 to get professional help to help you quit smoking.
Tobacco Products Directive
The Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) aims to improve the functioning of the internal market for tobacco and related products in the EU, while ensuring a high level of health protection for European citizens. These new rules consist of new and strengthened rules on how tobacco products can be manufactured, presented, and sold, as well as new provisions for products that were not specifically regulated so far, including e-cigarettes and herbal products for smoking and play a vital role in amplifying and consolidating the progress of the anti-tobacco momentum evidenced by falling smoking rates made to date. Subsidiary Legislation 315.10, the Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of Tobacco and Related Products Regulations, 2016, transpose this directive into Maltese legislation.