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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 already; 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.

Third Indian state bans e-cigs, citing youth addiction

21 June, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

Asia
India
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

The Indian state of Karnataka has become the third to ban e-cigarettes. It follows Maharahstra and Punjab in what appears likely to become a subcontinental trend, as India’s tobacco control tightens and grave concerns about the health risks of vaping are repeatedly pronounced by officials.

Signs of policy relaxation in New Zealand, but Australia remains strict

6 June, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

Australasia
Australia
New Zealand
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

The attitudes of New Zealand’s policy-makers to e-cigarettes seem to be growing more liberal than those of their counterparts in Australia, with the smaller nation edging toward greater tolerance of vaping while the larger maintains an unforgiving stance.

Black markets flourish as Asian governments ponder regulation

18 March, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

Asia
Cambodia
China
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Malaysia
Singapore
Vietnam
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

E-cigarette regulation is expected in the near future in both Malaysia and Hong Kong, while other southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Vietnam face continuing battles with illegal imports.

Australian legislators targeting zero-nicotine products

15 March, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

Australasia
Australia
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

Australia’s already stringent rules against e-cigarettes look set to get even tighter in some parts of the country, although there are tentative signs that the national regulatory framework could come under debate.

Complete ban predicted in Hong Kong after smoking body’s study

8 March, 2016 | Regulatory news analysis |

Asia
China
Hong Kong
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory news analysis

A new study commissioned by Hong Kong’s Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) purports to show significant problems with carcinogens in vapour from electronic cigarettes, leading the organisation to reiterate its calls for a complete ban on the products.