Welcome to the ETV
The alcohol prohibition in the United States from 1919 to 1933 and its ultimate failure clearly demonstrated that the banning of products for which there is a demand, does not cause such products to disappear, but rather forces their production and distribution into illegality. In addition to the social problems arising from wide-spread, organized crime, this, in turn creates serious public-health problems by virtue of the fact that the quality of the product as well as its formulation and distribution will be subject to no controls at all.
Wholesale of tobacco products
– what is that?
One of the great strengths of the European Union is its diversity: Even if this is not always universally perceived as such, diversity fosters progress more effectively than uniformity. This diversity also exists in the trade with tobacco products within the European Union. Notwithstanding the benefits, however, this diversity also renders the task of describing in brief the commercial structures which are organized differently in each of the 27 Member States more difficult. In the following therefore, I shall focus on the highly complex similarities and tasks which are either shared and/or performed by the 3,000 larger or smaller enterprises and their around 45,000 employees which are involved in the wholesale of tobacco products in the EU.