All manufactured tobaccos which are placed legally for sale are controlled by the Customs and Monopoly Agency-Central Directorate for Tobacco.


The controls consists of verifying the compliance of the labeling with the Community and national legislation on manufactured tobacco in the field of health warnings about the harmful nature of the product and, so far as cigarettes are concerned, in the control of tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine emissions by the notified chemical laboratory, located at the Central Directorate for Tobacco.


Controls are carried out on tobacco products before they are included in the sales price to the public (regardless, therefore, of their actual marketing).

Once the sale has started, the Agency intervenes in the marketplace by periodically sampling the brands both from the distribution networks and from the production facilities on national territory.