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TPD is being transposed as UK plans to leave the EU

15 March, 2017 | Regulatory reports |

England
Europe
Northern Ireland
Scotland
United Kingdom
Wales
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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

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.

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

27 February, 2017 | Regulatory reports |

Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Estonia
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Europe
Finland
France
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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

20 February, 2017 | Regulatory reports |

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Europe
North America
United States
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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

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.

Belgium: end of medical regulation, new consumer regime imminent

6 December, 2016 | Regulatory reports |

Belgium
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
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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.

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
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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.

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
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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 |

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Italy
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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
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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
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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.

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
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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.

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.

European retailers face complex rules on in-store marketing

20 September, 2016 | Regulatory reports |

England
EU
Europe
France
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Northern Ireland
Poland
Scotland
United Kingdom
Wales
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ECigIntelligence has taken an in-depth look at the current situation for e-cigarette point of sale advertising in six of the biggest e-cig markets in Europe, offering guidance on what can and can’t be done in-store. It is important to take into account that regulation is still developing in many countries, and enforcement and interpretation by authorities is still to be seen.

Advertising, promotion and sponsorship in post-TPD Europe

9 September, 2016 | Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Marketing and Retailing
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

The transposition of the European Union’s (EU’s) Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) has introduced changes that have strong implications for the future of the emerging e-cig industry – particularly advertising, promotion and sponsorship. We run through the implications.