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Italy: minimum restrictions but tax on e-cigs with nicotine

19th May 2017 - Regulatory reports |

Europe
Italy
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The Italian government has implemented the minimum level of restrictions required by the European Union’s (EU’s) Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). A tax of €0.393 (0.438 USD) per millilitre is imposed on all e-cig products that contain nicotine.

France: post-TPD rules get some needed clarification

18th May 2017 - Regulatory reports |

EU
France
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One of the world’s largest e-cigarette markets, France has transposed the European TPD in several pieces of legislation, starting with the Health Law plus decrees and ordinances with more detailed product specific regulation for e-cigarettes.

Colombia: a free market faces tobacco-style regulation

15th May 2017 - Regulatory reports |

Colombia
South America
Regulation and Legislation
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By contrast with other South American countries, which have a de facto ban on vaping, e-cigarettes have until now been virtually unregulated in Colombia. That could soon change, however, with a proposal before Congress to bring e-cigs under the umbrella of tobacco regulation.

Hardware notification in Denmark: questions answered

12th May 2017 - Regulatory reports |

Denmark
Europe
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

From 7th June 2017, all e-cig products launched in Denmark must meet the new requirements for notification and ones that don’t must be removed from the market. As the transitional period is approaching, questions concerning hardware notification are being raised by many of our subscribers. This guide aims to clarify any particularities you may face in the process of hardware notification.

Russia: strict regulation appears to be on the way

11th May 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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Russia
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Until now the only law directly affecting e-cigarettes in Russia has been a tax levied on nicotine-containing products. But that looks set to change, with five bills under consideration that would see sweeping restrictions imposed.

New York state regulation: tough times ahead for e-cigs

6th May 2017 - Regulatory reports |

New York
North America
United States
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Executive summary   New York is showing tendencies towards a more restrictive approach to e-cigarette regulation but it’s not the most restrictive U.S. state. A number of bills are before New York legislators that would impose a considerably tighter regime if passed. Proposals include: Increasing the legal vaping age from 18 to 21. Banning coupons […]

Deeming and beyond 2017: exclusive download

2nd May 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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Exclusively for ECigIntelligence Platinum subscribers, you can now download a free PDF of the most recent ECigIntelligence report on e-cigarette regulation in the United States.

Online tutorial: EU packaging regulation and UK interpretations

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

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Europe
United Kingdom
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E-learning
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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.

Finland: online sales banned in hardline TPD

19th April 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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Finland
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      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 […]

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New Zealand research adds weight to the relative harm argument

19th April 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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New Zealand
United Kingdom
Public Health and Medicine
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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.

Estonia: online ban, taxes on the way

18th April 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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Europe
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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

18th April 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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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.

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Mexico: illegal trade goes on openly in the streets

11th April 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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A year and a half after the country’s Supreme Court overturned a fine on a vape salesman, e-cigarettes remain illegal in Mexico – but they also remain openly on sale, with no prosecutions in process.

Lithuania: restrictions in line with TPD

6th April 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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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.

Romania: tax unchanged, advertising restricted

30th March 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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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.

California: vaping treated as if it was tobacco

24th March 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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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

15th March 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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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

10th March 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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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

9th March 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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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.

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

27th February 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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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

20th February 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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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

1st February 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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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.

Germany: post-TPD regulation

13th January 2017 - Regulatory reports |

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The future of e-cigarette regulation in Germany is becoming clearer since the transposition of the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), but the country’s separate states still have some autonomy is setting the rules.

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

15th December 2016 - Regulatory reports |

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Indonesia
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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

6th December 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Belgium
Europe
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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.

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

1st December 2016 - Regulatory reports |

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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

16th November 2016 - Regulatory reports |

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Israel
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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

15th November 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Bulgaria
EU
Europe
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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.