Author: David Palacios Rubio
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European e-cig product notifications expected to top 140,000

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 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...
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Bulgaria responds to the freedom to vape where smoking’s banned

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 27th February 2017 || Regulatory briefing |

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Bulgaria
Europe
Greece
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Bulgarians have taken up vaping enthusiastically - and their chief reason for doing so is the freedom to vape indoors and in public places where smoking is...
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French doctors offered advice on when to recommend e-cigs

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 22nd February 2017 || Regulatory briefing |

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Europe
France
United Kingdom
Health
Regulatory briefing
French doctors, officially barred from giving advice on vaping, have been offered a set of recommendations on how to answer patients' questions about e-cigarettes - and which groups of patients they can be most useful...

Four to go as Sweden announces draft bill to transpose TPD

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 9th February 2017 || Regulatory briefing |

Croatia
Cyprus
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Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
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Regulatory briefing
Sweden, one of the last five countries to transpose Article 20 of the European Union's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), has announced draft legislation to bring the country into line with the rest of the EU on...
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Threatened vape stores play wait-and-see on Russia’s new taxes

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 31st January 2017 || Regulatory briefing |

Russia
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Vape stores in Russia appear to be playing a waiting game on new e-cigarette taxes that officially came into force on 1st January – while the national consumer protection agency is calling for further regulation and...

European court will consider challenge to EU snus ban

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 27th January 2017 || Regulatory briefing |

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Europe
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A challenge to the UK’s snus ban has been sent to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, where judges could decide to overturn the entire EU’s prohibition on the powdered tobacco...

NNA joins UK High Court bid to overturn European snus ban

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 25th January 2017 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Sweden
United Kingdom
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The New Nicotine Alliance is to join an attempt by manufacturer Swedish Match to overturn the UK’s snus ban. If successful, the bid could lead to the smokeless tobacco product being legalised throughout the...

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

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 13th January 2017 || Regulatory briefing |

Europe
Portugal
Policy and Politics
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Regulatory briefing
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...

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

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 5th January 2017 || Regulatory briefing |

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Malta
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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...

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

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 20th December 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Asia
Taiwan
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
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...

France reduces TPD notification fees and relaxes calendar 

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 17th December 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

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France says it has reduced manufacturers’ notification costs for new vaping products. Manufacturers will now need to pay just €295, instead of the €550 that was set when the country transposed the TPD in...

Vaping products under new classification in Belgium

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 8th December 2016 || Business briefing |

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A few months after being suspended, a Royal Decree published on 28th October 2016 has finally transposed the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) – but with a very important change in the classification of vaping products in Belgium....

Hungary moves to ban flavoured e-liquids, but Greece denies plans

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 24th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

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Europe
Greece
Hungary
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Regulatory briefing
With flavoured e-liquids continuing to be targeted by those campaigning against e-cigarettes, Hungary has moved to ban all flavouring additives in e-liquids as part of their implementation of the EU's Tobacco Products...

UK asks EU to clarify TPD rules on maximum tank size

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 24th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

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The UK's Department of Health has asked the European Commission to “provide its interpretation” of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) with respects to the 2ml limits on e-cigarette...
Belgian Federal Parliament

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

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 24th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Belgium
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
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...

Notifications accelerate as TPD deadline approaches fast

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 17th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

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Denmark
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Greece
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Regulatory authorities across Europe are experiencing a rush of notifications as the TPD November 20th 2016 deadline...
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WHO continues focusing on risk, suggests stringent regulation

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 17th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

World
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Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
The World Health Organization has recommended wide-ranging restrictions on the sale and promotion of electronic cigarettes, even suggesting countries should consider a total ban – and immediately come under fire for doing...

UK local governments force e-cig users to vape in smoking areas

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 16th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Europe
United Kingdom
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
Local councils in the UK are flouting government advice by forcing e-cigarette users to vape in designated smoking areas. A request under Freedom of Information law found 87% of councils make no distinction between vaping and...