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Online tutorial: e-cigarette packaging law in the EU and UK

28 April, 2017 - E-learning , Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
United Kingdom
Marketing and Retailing
Regulation and Legislation
E-learning
Regulatory reports

There are strict laws around the labelling and packaging of e-cigarette products in Europe. But the EU legislation concerning this has been interpreted and imposed in different ways across different member states. These variations can make producing legally packaged products for Europe a challenging business. This online tutorial will guide you through the key points of legislation.

Online sales banned as Finland takes hardline approach to TPD

19 April, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

Europe
Finland
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

      Executive summary   Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes were legalised in Finland in May 2016 and are treated as tobacco-related products. Despite this, however, the Tobacco Products Directive was implemented into Finnish legislation with a very stringent approach. All flavours except for tobacco are banned. Only retail channel will be bricks and mortar stores as […]

Smoking v vaping

New Zealand research adds weight to the relative harm argument

19 April, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

Australasia
New Zealand
United Kingdom
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory reports

Researchers in New Zealand have produced a paper comparing the relative health risks of e-cigs and smoking which they hope will add more information to the limited pool the authorities are dipping into to guide the making of regulations.

Online sales in Estonia face ban as taxes set to be introduced

18 April, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

Estonia
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

While The Tobacco Act classes e-cigarettes as tobacco-related products, Estonia’s government is considering a draft amendment to that bill that could see domestic online sales may be banned in 2019. Currently, e-liquid is not taxed, but that is likely to change in 2018, when e-liquids could be taxed at the rate of €0.2 per millilitre.

Texas: few restrictions but plenty of red tape

18 April, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

North America
United States
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

ECigIntelligence guides you through the thicket of bureaucratic requirements faced by retailers engaging in either face-to-face or distance sales of vapour products in the Lone Star State.

Lithuania: restrictions in line with TPD

6 April, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Lithuania
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Our guide to Lithuania’s amended Tobacco law, which came into force on 20th May 2016, transposing the European TPD and imposing various legal restrictions on vaping products.

Tax levels unchanged as Romania hits TPD deadline

30 March, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

Europe
Romania
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

In this March 2017 report, we see that Romania met the deadline to transpose the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which introduced strict restrictions on advertising. Vaping is still allowed in the most public places.

Vaping treated as if it was tobacco in California

24 March, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

California
North America
United States
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

In this March 2017 look at regulations in California, we find that nicotine-containing products are subject to a wholesale tax of 27.3%. This tax rate will be revised periodically. Vaping in the state is treated as tobacco in regards to public usage.

TPD is being transposed as UK plans to leave the EU

15 March, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

England
Europe
Northern Ireland
Scotland
United Kingdom
Wales
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

In this March 2017 report on the UK market, we find that there is currently no national legal restriction on the public usage of e-cigarettes in the United Kingdom. Variations in interpretation of the TPD include a modification of the six month standstill period for launching new products, while Tank size limits for new products is 2ml and applies to all tanks, regardless of whether they contain nicotine when sold.

Hungary opens for vaping trade, but with stiff restrictions

10 March, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

Europe
Hungary
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Hungary has finally opened its market for sale of nicotine e-cigarettes by adopting changes to its national tobacco laws and aligning them with TPD standards. Nevertheless, Hungarian regulation remains among the most severe in Europe. Enforcement of the ban on cross-border and online sales is very efficient, making it almost impossible to buy vaping products online in Hungary. Hungary is also one of the few EU states to have banned flavours.

FDA moves to restrict distribution of free samples

9 March, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

North America
United States
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Under the Food And Drug Administration’s Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, distribution of free samples of tobacco products is prohibited. For now, the FDA has published draft guidance on the subject, in order to aid compliance with the law.

EU flags, Brussels

European e-cig product notifications expected to top 140,000

27 February, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Estonia
EU
Europe
Finland
France
Germany
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Poland
Portugal
Spain
United Kingdom
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Europe’s e-cigarette manufacturers and importers had submitted more than 70,000 individual products to the European Union Common Entry Gate (EU-CEG) by the end of 2016 – and that number is expected to have rapidly doubled.

Impacts of regulatory changes on the global e-cigarette market

20 February, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
North America
United States
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Is regulation always a bad thing for the vapour industry? In a report based on a presentation given to industry experts in Washington, ECigIntelligence’s international legal analyst Pablo Cano Trilla weighs up the evidence for and against.

Portugal halves tax on nicotine e-liquids

1 February, 2017 - Regulatory reports |

Europe
Portugal
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Portugal’s 2016 Tobacco Law fully transposed the TPD. A further bill is expected later this year which seeks to ban vaping within five metres of windows or an entrance to health institutions and pharmacies, places primarily intended for people under 18 and educational institutions, irrespective of the students’ age.

Indonesia: ban looks possible – when government makes its mind up

15 December, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Asia
Indonesia
Marketing and Retailing
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

The legal classification of e-cigarettes in Indonesia is far from clear – whether they come under regulations relating to tobacco, pharmaceutical or consumer products.
What does seem clear is that e-cigs continue to be legal for now, despite some reports last year to the contrary. It is possible they may become illegal in future. Our in-depth regulatory report looks at every aspect of e-cigarette regulation in Indonesia.

Belgium: end of medical regulation, new consumer regime imminent

6 December, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Belgium
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

The new Belgian law, transposing the TPD, comes into force in January 2017. It will end the classification of e-cigarettes as medical devices and impose severe restrictions, including an online sales ban as well as product, packaging, labelling and advertising restrictions.

Taiwan

Taiwan: likely to end pharma regime for nicotine-containing products

1 December, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Asia
Taiwan
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

In this report, ECigIntelligence looks in detail at the situation in Taiwan, where the legal situation may possibly be set to change. It is likely that nicotine-containing products will become legal while nicotine-free liquid will be banned, leading unusual situation of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes being available as consumer products while nicotine-free products were treated as pharmaceutical products.

Israel looks set to follow EU or U.S. lead on e-cig legislation

16 November, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Asia
Israel
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

In this report, ECigIntelligence looks at a country with a complex past and slightly complicated present as the Supreme Court recently overturned a five-year ban on e-cigs. ECigIntelligence expects Israel to follow the European or American lead in future legislative decisions.

Bulgaria brings in TPD regulation with the lightest of touches

15 November, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Bulgaria
EU
Europe
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Bulgaria has taken a gentle approach to adopting Europe’s TPD regulations. E-cigarettes are regarded as “tobacco-related” rather than tobacco products as such, and are treated more benignly than tobacco, with public usage allowed.

Regulation in Norway: ban on nicotine products likely to end

3 November, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Europe
Norway
Scandinavia
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

We strongly expect nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to be legalised in Norway, where their sale has been banned until now. The anticipated move will come as a boost to the Norwegian vaping market, which has already grown by 18% since 2014.

Heat-not-burn in Europe: emerging regulation for a new category

26 October, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Italy
Companies
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Regulatory reports

This report examines the regulation of heat-not-burn (HnB) or heated tobacco products in Europe, as well as some of the broader regulatory issues that they raise. It considers their treatment under the TPD; the question of whether they are smoking or smokeless products; and issues such as labelling, advertising and taxation. A detailed case study focuses on Italy.

Italy: light-touch TPD transposition with minimal restrictions

21 October, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Italy
Marketing and Retailing
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Italy has adopted a light touch approach to implementing the European TPD regulations, with only minimum restrictions on the e-cigarette industry. There is only a limited ban on advertising, and no restriction on public use of e-cigs. Cross-border sales are prohibited, but domestic distance sales are allowed. Our report provides a full examination of all aspects of post-TPD e-cigarette regulation in Italy.

Netherlands: TPD followed closely, but some issues remain unresolved

20 October, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Europe
Netherlands
Marketing and Retailing
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Regulation of vape products in the Netherlands follows closely the provisions of the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). But although the vaping industry is highly regulated, a few issues remain to be resolved, such as what laboratories will be accredited for product testing. This complete regulatory report examines in detail every aspect of e-cigarette regulation in the Netherlands.

FDA demands health documents from U.S. makers and importers

18 October, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

North America
United States
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Following the introduction this summer of the deeming regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), each vapour product manufacturer or importer is required to submit health documents describing the physiological, behavioural and toxicological effects of their tobacco products, current or future.

Poland regulatory report: e-cigs regulated as tobacco

30 September, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Poland
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Recent legislation transposes the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive into Polish law and regulates e-cigarettes in the same way as tobacco.

This means advertising and vaping are banned in public places are banned, in line with the restrictions on combustible tobacco products.

Required warning statements on U.S. advertisements

23 September, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

North America
United States
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

The U.S. Final Deeming Rule requires that the advertisements of all covered tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, bear an addictiveness warning label statement. For tobacco products that do not contain nicotine, there is an alternative warning label statement for packages and advertisements.

Croatia regulatory report: TPD finally being transposed

23 September, 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Croatia
Europe
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

E-cigarette products are in the process of being regulated in Croatia, by transposing the Tobacco Product Directive (TPD), once the government is established. We expect the Draft Act on Restriction of the Use of Tobacco Products to be passed by the end of 2016, or early 2017. The delay in transposition led the European Commission (EC) to take an infringement decision against Croatia.