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.

CDC’s numbers reignite debate on youth vaping in the U.S.

Written by Freddie Dawson || 22nd April 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Health
Regulatory briefing
New numbers on U.S. youth tobacco use from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have caused consternation on both sides of the e-cigarette debate, focused on whether growing numbers of young vapers represent an achievement or...

Congressional committee votes to move U.S. grandfather date

Written by Jim Myers || 20th April 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The U.S. e-cigarette industry is this week one step closer to avoiding the expensive process currently proposed for federal approval of existing products, following a Congressional committee...

Harm reduction vs precaution: why the debate is key to e-cig policy

Written by Barnaby Page || 18th April 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
United Kingdom
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
Harm reduction vs the precautionary principle is an issue which has split public-health experts since the HIV epidemic of the 1980s, and still underlies debates over e-cigarette regulation such as the EU Tobacco Products Directive...

New UK trade association looks beyond TPD struggles

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

England
EU
Europe
North America
Northern Ireland
Scotland
United Kingdom
United States
Wales
Companies
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
A new UK trade association says it will represent e-cigarette companies without influence by pharmaceutical or tobacco...

E-cig science: do meta-analyses really matter?

Written by Marc Beishon || 5th April 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Belgium
Canada
Europe
North America
United Kingdom
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
In the past year or so, scientists have conducted several systematic reviews that aim to analyse research evidence in order to find whether e-cigs help people quit smoking. The issue addressed by studies like these (which can also...

It’s not just the TPD: Europe has voluntary standards too

Written by Barnaby Page || 30th March 2016 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
France
United Kingdom
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Business briefing
Regulatory briefing
While most of the European e-cigarette industry’s attention is focused on the imminent regulatory upheaval brought about by the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), another set of compliance requirements are also growing in number – those dictated by...

TPD compliance: ten priorities for e-cigarette companies

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

EU
Europe
Marketing and Retailing
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Regulatory briefing
With only weeks to go before the measures of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) start to come into legal effect, ECigIntelligence’s European regulatory analysts have identified the major tasks facing e-cigarette...

Black markets flourish as Asian governments ponder regulation

Written by Freddie Dawson || 18th March 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Asia
Cambodia
China
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Malaysia
Singapore
Vietnam
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
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...

Australian legislators targeting zero-nicotine products

Written by Barnaby Page || 15th March 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Australasia
Australia
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
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...

California set to treat e-cigs as tobacco, raise age to 21

Written by Barnaby Page || 11th March 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

California
Hawaii
North America
United States
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
E-cigarettes will likely soon become legally equal to combustible products in California, following the state legislature’s approval of a raft of tobacco measures which also raise the smoking – and vaping – age to...

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

Written by Freddie Dawson || 8th March 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Asia
China
Hong Kong
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
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...

Smaller Mediterranean nations lagging in TPD implementation

Written by Freddie Dawson || 4th March 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Norway
Switzerland
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
There is still significant confusion over the implementation of the EU's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). Despite the heavy impact it will have on the e-cigarette sector, a number of countries have still made little to no progress. See...

EU takes steps toward e-cig tax regime – but nothing is certain

Written by Barnaby Page || 4th March 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The European Union (EU) is still some way from introducing a pan-European tax regime for e-cigarettes, despite recent media reports suggesting it is imminent. The contemplation of e-cigarette tax rules at an EU level arises from a typically...

U.S. transportation secretary finally bans e-cigs on planes

Written by Jim Myers || 3rd March 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Washington D.C.
World
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
U.S. transportation secretary Anthony Foxx announced a final rule Wednesday to ban the use of e-cigarettes on all commercial flights in the U.S., aiming to avoid confusion over the legal position. “This final rule is important because it...

Innovation and intellectual property rights for the e-cig industry

Written by Jon Bruford || 1st March 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Europe
North America
World
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Regulatory briefing
    Executive summary   The growth of e-cigarette popularity has been accompanied by a growing number of patent applications and disputes. The World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) registered more than 1000 patents with the word “electronic cigarette”...

Senate vote puts Califf among e-cig world’s most powerful

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

North America
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Robert Califf has been confirmed as the next head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency which will spearhead federal regulation of e-cigarettes when it releases its long-awaited deeming...

UK vapers urged to vote for EU exit, but critics say it’s pointless

Written by Freddie Dawson || 25th February 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

England
EU
Europe
Northern Ireland
Scotland
United Kingdom
Wales
Companies
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
A group of British vapers is convinced that voting to leave the European Union will save the industry and consumers from the looming Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) and its restrictions on...

Robert Califf confirmed as new FDA commissioner

Written by Barnaby Page || 24th February 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Robert Califf has been confirmed as the next head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency which will spearhead federal regulation of e-cigarettes when it releases its long-awaited deeming...

Article 20 of the EU TPD: what e-cig companies must do

Written by Jon Bruford || 19th February 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The European Union’s looming Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) includes an obligation for companies to notify authorities with detailed information on e-cig products – for example emissions, toxicology, and product components. ECigIntelligence outlined some of this in a recent...

E-cigarettes become consumer products in Sweden

Written by Barnaby Page || 18th February 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Finland
Sweden
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
A Swedish supreme court has made e-cigarettes legal consumer products by rejecting the country’s requirement for pharmaceutical...

Califf’s FDA nomination may move quickly to final vote

Written by Jim Myers || 14th February 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
The stalled nomination of Robert Califf to become the next commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received another major boost last week when a motion was filed to limit debate on Califf’s...

Updated: US regulation in progress – state-by-state guide, February 2016

Written by ECigIntelligence || 9th February 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Maryland
North America
Oklahoma
Oregon
United States
Virginia
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The latest in a series of regular reports from ECigIntelligence on the progress of vapour-related regulation in the U.S, focusing on the current sessions of state...

Britain’s TPD opponents told resistance is futile – for now

Written by Freddie Dawson || 2nd February 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Europe
United Kingdom
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The British e-cigarette sector should seek an early review of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) rather than continue a doomed fight against this year’s introduction of the new EU rules, a politician has...

Do TV commercials persuade young people to try vaping?

Written by Freddie Dawson || 27th January 2016 || Business briefing , Marketing & retailing , Regulatory briefing |

North America
United Kingdom
United States
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Business briefing
Marketing & retailing
Regulatory briefing
TV ads seen by young people may lead them to start vaping later, researchers claim in a report which is likely to add further fuel to the debate over e-cigarette marketing – a debate where studies that detect...

Updated: US regulation in progress – state-by-state, January 2016

Written by Aidan Semmens || 25th January 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Alaska
Hawaii
New Mexico
North America
Oklahoma
United States
Utah
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The latest in a series of regular reports from ECigIntelligence on the progress of vapour-related regulation in the U.S, focusing on the current sessions of state...