Regulatory briefing

The regulatory briefing section offers regulatory news and updates from the e-cigarette industry worldwide. Briefings cover topics such as: introduction and passing of relevant bills and bans; changes to regulations in individual countries or regions; and how current affairs and government policies are affecting the industry. It also provides ECigIntelligence’s expert summary of events and analysis.

Video presentation: disharmony and the EU TPD

Written by Barnaby Page || 30th June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
At June’s Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw, ECigIntelligence editorial director Barnaby Page took a look at some of the inconsistencies that are emerging in European regulation of e-cigarettes despite the standardisation imposed by the EU Tobacco Products Directive...

EU study finds “highest rate of smoking cessation ever”

Written by Marc Beishon || 27th June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Greece
Health
Regulatory briefing
However badly Britain’s skeptical Brexiters may feel the European Union has failed them, it appears to have delivered a big new prize to advocates of vaping: new research showing that 6.1m Europeans have given up smoking with the...

Framework Convention “ignores its own harm reduction principles”

Written by Barnaby Page || 23rd June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Asia
Europe
India
Indonesia
North America
Philippines
Poland
United Kingdom
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has been accused of ignoring its own founding document in taking a stance against e-cigarettes, as well as neglecting the governance principles of its ultimate parent the...

UK and U.S. studies report opposite findings on gateway effect

Written by Freddie Dawson || 23rd June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

California
Europe
North America
United Kingdom
United States
Health
Regulatory briefing
Two new studies have reached profoundly different conclusions on the relationship between e-cig usage by young people and their take-up up of conventional tobacco – differences that may be partially explained by one coming from the U.S. and...

UK vapers tempted by Brexit, but devil lurks in details

Written by Barnaby Page || 22nd June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
United Kingdom
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
As Britain’s debate on whether to leave the European Union reaches fever pitch in anticipation of Thursday’s referendum, vapers and e-cigarette advocates are as divided as the split...

Third Indian state bans e-cigs, citing youth addiction

Written by Barnaby Page || 21st June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Asia
India
Health
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
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...

West Virginia politician is latest to contest deeming rule in court

Written by Jim Myers || 19th June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
West Virginia
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing another legal challenge to its new deeming regulation on e-cigarettes. Filed in the Southern District of West Virginia on 10th June, the action was taken by Larry W. Faircloth,...

E-liquid poisoning: facts, figures and fatalities in Europe and the U.S.

Written by ECigIntelligence || 19th June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
North America
United Kingdom
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
Stories about the poisonous threat of e-cigarettes have been hitting the headlines in recent years, particularly cases affecting young children, and the most serious incidents have involved fatalities. We take a look at the facts and...

Full version of EU’s Common Entry Gate is now online

Written by Barnaby Page || 16th June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The EU’s Common Entry Gate for e-cigarette product notifications is now fully up and running – and manufacturers who used the interim version launched in May have only until 24th June to transfer those submissions onto the new...

Deeming regulations: many vapers ignorant, majority blissful

Written by Freddie Dawson || 14th June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Market Research
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The majority of American vapers were unaware of the new deeming regulations for e-cigarettes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) until they were published last month – and many may remain so, a new survey seems...

European parliamentarians call for review of TPD science

Written by Freddie Dawson || 7th June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

England
EU
Europe
United Kingdom
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Two British members of the European Parliament have asked the EU to take the first steps in reassessing the scientific information that supports its Tobacco Products Directive...

WHO report on e-cigs to be presented at COP7 conference

Written by Barnaby Page || 6th June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Africa
Asia
Europe
India
North America
South America
World
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
Tobacco control leaders from around the globe will be presented with the latest findings of the World Health Organization (WHO) on e-cigarettes and public health at a meeting in India this...

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

Written by Freddie Dawson || 6th June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Australasia
Australia
New Zealand
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
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...

Online age verification: industry-body members no better than others

Written by Freddie Dawson || 29th May 2016 || Marketing & retailing , Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Marketing & retailing
Regulatory briefing
Membership in a trade association is no guarantee that online e-cigarette sellers will adopt measures such as warning labels and age verification, according to a new U.S. study, despite industry bodies often arguing that their members lead the...

Second e-liquid company sues FDA over deeming regulations

Written by Barnaby Page || 25th May 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Companies
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
E-liquid maker Lost Art Liquids has filed suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), claiming that the deeming regulations violate two parts of the U.S. Constitution and two important...

Cessation evidence unclear, but second-gen devices may help

Written by Marc Beishon || 24th May 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Canada
Europe
North America
United Kingdom
United States
Health
Regulatory briefing
A new systematic review of e-cigarettes and smoking cessation is claimed to be the most comprehensive so far as it covers not only published, peer-reviewed studies – including observational research as well as RCTs – but also so-called...

TPD does a good job on nicotine safety, says European Commission

Written by Barnaby Page || 20th May 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) and national legislation are broadly sufficient to protect the public from nicotine poisoning, an official European study has concluded. But it does recommend further consumer education on the risks of ingestion,...

Right on deadline, Ireland transposes the TPD

Written by Barnaby Page || 20th May 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Ireland
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The Republic of Ireland has succeeded in transposing the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) at the eleventh hour, with recently-appointed health minister Simon Harris signing the necessary regulations to come into force...

Almost half of member states are late with TPD transposition

Written by Barnaby Page || 20th May 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Austria
Belgium
Cyprus
Denmark
EU
Europe
Finland
France
Ireland
Poland
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Nearly half of EU member states look likely to miss today’s deadline for fully transposing the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into local...

British e-cig industry reluctantly, resentfully ready for TPD

Written by Freddie Dawson || 20th May 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
United Kingdom
Companies
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
UK e-cig firms feel as prepared as they can be for the implementation of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), but many would still have liked to see it overturned by the European Court of Justice in the...

The EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD): essential facts

Written by Barnaby Page || 19th May 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Regulatory briefing
Essential facts about the new EU Tobacco Products Directive and its rules for e-cigarettes, which come into practical effect on 20th May...

Democrats welcome FDA regulations, and ask for more

Written by Jim Myers || 12th May 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Members of the U.S. Congress, mostly Democrats, continue to welcome the Food and Drug Administration’s deeming rule extending its authority over tobacco to e-cigarettes and other...

Some are sanguine, but PMTA fine print causes concern

Written by Freddie Dawson || 12th May 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Some larger independent e-cigarette companies support the new rules from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), despite the debate over them being widely portrayed as an argument between Big Tobacco and health organisations on one side versus...

PMTAs can use many kinds of scientific support, FDA says

Written by Barnaby Page || 10th May 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Health
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes most e-cigarette manufacturers will need to conduct fresh scientific research in order to obtain authorisation for their products under the newly-published deeming regulations – but not necessarily full-blown clinical...