The European Commission has presented a proposal for a directive to amend the current EU excise duty legislation on tobacco. The draft directive supports the EU policy to reduce tobacco consumption and foresees a gradual increase (up to 63 per cent of the price by 2014) in the EU minimum taxation levels on cigarettes and fine cut tobacco (which currently account for at least 57 per cent of the price). It also updates the definitions of different types of tobacco products in order to avoid certain cigarettes or fine cut tobacco being presented as cigars, cigarillos or pipe tobacco to benefit from a lower tax rate. The proposal also narrows the differences between Member States' tobacco taxation levels, in order to reduce illicit trade and cross-border shopping.