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Taiwan braced for legal U-turn on nicotine vs non-nicotine

20 December, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

Asia
Taiwan
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

The legal status of e-cig products could be set for a radical overhaul in Taiwan, with nicotine-containing products becoming legal while nicotine-free products, currently widely available, are brought under pharmaceutical regulation.

Canadian government introduces long-expected e-cigarette bill

22 November, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

Canada
North America
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

Canada’s government today made its long-awaited move to end regulatory confusion with a new bill which puts vapour products in a category of their own, distinct from conventional tobacco.

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WHO criticised for closed-door talks as COP7 gets underway

8 November, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

Asia
India
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory news analysis

Amid protests from local farmers, the seventh session of the Conference of Parties is underway in New Delhi with a focus on the illegal tobacco trade and Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) – which the WHO has been critical of.

WHO comes under fire for “naive” report on possible harms

7 November, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory news analysis

A negative report on e-cigarettes presented by the World Health Organization to the seventh session of the tobacco control conference in New Delhi has been scathingly criticised by the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, which accuses the authors of the brief report of “naïvety”.

Smoking, vaping, free will, demonic possession and tax

2 September, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

North America
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory news analysis

Nearly all smokers would be better off moving to lower-risk alternatives than giving up nicotine completely; taxing e-cigs has no rational justification; society should be prepared for more non-smokers to take up vaping; and tobacco control is often built on a “demonic possession theory”. These are among the conclusions of a provocative new paper published by the Institute of Economic Affairs and written by Carl V. Phillips.