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Portugal halves e-liquid tax rate blamed for vape store closures

13 January, 2017 | Regulatory news analysis |

Europe
Portugal
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

Portugal looks set to cut the tax on nicotine e-liquids by 50%, from €0.60/ml ($0.70) to €0.30/ml ($0.35) in its budget for 2017.
The country currently has the highest rate of tax on e-juices of all the European member states, something that has been blamed for the drastic drop in the number of vape stores in the country.

ECigIntelligence online tutorial makes sense of UK advertising law

12 January, 2017 | Regulatory news analysis |

EU
United Kingdom
Companies
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

ECigIntelligence has launched a series of professional e-learning courses about key developments in the e-cigarette sector. The first online tutorial tells you all you need to know about e-cigarette advertising in the UK following the implementation of the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).

Malta lays down the law: no vaping in cars carrying under-16s

5 January, 2017 | Regulatory news analysis |

Europe
Malta
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

The smallest country in the European Union has taken a lead in attempting to clear up a common ambiguity in e-cigarette regulation by making it specific that a law against smoking in cars when a child is present applies equally to vaping.

2016 in e-cigarettes – rapid change, new regulation, and some shocks

30 December, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

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May 2016 brought the two biggest regulatory developments in the short history of the e-cigarette so far. But the U.S. deeming regulations and European TPD were far from the only stories brought to you by ECigIntelligence in another year of rapid change…

Totally Wicked rugby sponsorship may become TPD test case

19 December, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

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Europe
France
United Kingdom
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St Helens rugby league club is to rename its ground the Totally Wicked Stadium in a sponsorship deal which also includes shirt advertising – and could run foul of the European TPD ban on cross-border e-cig sponsorship.

FDA rejects snus as modified risk – but could reconsider some aspects

14 December, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

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Norway
Sweden
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Swedish Match has at last obtained some answers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its attempt to have snus products classified as modified risk – and they mix outright rejections with some very mild encouragement.

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New Royal Decree will overhaul regulation of e-cigs in Belgium

24 November, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

Belgium
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

A newly-issued Royal Decree will regulate the market for e-cigarettes in Belgium and introduce some substantial changes from the early 2016 decree, which was suspended in March. One of the main points of this new document published in the Belgian official journal Le Moniteur is the ban on distance sales (e.g. online or by phone) of e-cig and e-liquids. The […]

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Public vaping bans can be bad for your health, researchers warn

22 November, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

England
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Northern Ireland
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Public vaping bans run contrary to best science and may have negative effects on public health, undermining efforts to combat smoking, according to a report by several leading academics.

“Dark Web” warning as Europe gets wires crossed on cross-border sales

14 October, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

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Europe
United Kingdom
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

Proposed new rules intended to ease cross-border trade within the European Union threaten to create a catch-22 situation for e-cigarette retailers. While the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) allows EU member states to ban cross-border sales, the EU is working on proposals that could in effect force some e-commerce vendors to sell across borders.

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E-cigarette researchers outraged by charities’ “threatening” letters

11 October, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

Belgium
EU
Europe
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory news analysis

Scientists and researchers have said that anti-smoking charities are acting like the anti-Communist zealots of the 1950s McCarthy era in trying to keep them away from an international conference on tobacco and nicotine. One public-health expert said: “The tactic is to say ‘tobacco industry’ like senator Joseph McCarthy would once say ‘communist’ and assume that […]