JTI v. Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM)

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) filed a lawsuit against the Italian Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM) following ADM’s order to withdraw the brands “Camel Activate” and “Winston Expand” from the market. ADM found that the cigarettes had menthol in violation of the law prohibiting characterizing flavors. JTI argued that ADM did not comply with the approved method to determine characterizing flavors, as outlined in European Union Commission Decision 2021/C 89 I/01. It also argued that ADM was precluded from taking action against these products under European regulations because the Swedish government had initiated an investigation into these same products. The court agreed with JTI and overturned ADM’s withdrawal of the products from the market. Therefore, the brands are allowed to be placed back on the market.


JTI v. Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM), No. 12091/2022, Regional Administrative Court of Lazio

  • Italy
  • Sep 21, 2022
  • The Regional Administrative Court of Lazio


Plaintiff JT International Italia S.r.l.


  • The Customs and Monopolies Agency
  • Ministry of Health

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