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.

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...

Denmark scales down plans for public vaping restrictions

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

Denmark
EU
Europe
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Denmark’s government has had second thoughts about imposing a strict, tobacco-style regime on vaping in public places. A new draft of wide-ranging legislation which will make e-cigarettes available as consumer products, transpose the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive...

Cessation: beneath the startling numbers, a study in scientific doubt

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

North America
United Kingdom
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
The furore over Sara Kalkhoran and Stanton Glantz’s meta-analysis of e-cigarettes and smoking cessation illustrates some pitfalls in conducting, and interpreting, science. ECigIntelligence takes an in-depth look at the principles and problems behind the...

New Indiana laws could end arguments over e-liquid security

Written by || 21st January 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Indiana
North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Regulatory briefing
The continuing disputes in Indiana over new regulatory requirements for e-liquid manufacturers may be defused by two bills just introduced in the state’s...

U.S. regulation: all the bills in progress, state-by-state

Written by || 20th January 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

California
Florida
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Missouri
New Hampshire
New York
North America
Ohio
Tennessee
United States
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The first 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...

Califf edges closer to securing FDA job, but salmon threaten

Written by Jim Myers || 17th January 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
Robert Califf’s nomination to become the next commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has won an easy vote in a Senate committee – but may still face a roadblock that could delay the final approval...

CDC report on kids and e-cig advertising may be flawed

Written by Freddie Dawson || 12th January 2016 || Marketing & retailing , Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Marketing & retailing
Regulatory briefing
As the advertising spend of U.S. e-cigarette suppliers escalates, they are continuing to use themes such as independence, rebellion and sex to sell their products – and their advertisements are prompting interest among the many young people who...

UK’s detailed TPD plans suggest light-touch approach

Written by Barnaby Page || 8th January 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
United Kingdom
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The shape of future e-cigarette regulation in the UK became clearer today with the release of the government’s response to one major public consultation, and the launch of another on the issue of...

Malaysian Islamic council forbids use of e-cigs

Written by Freddie Dawson || 30th December 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

Asia
Malaysia
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Malaysia's fatwa council has decided to ban e-cigarettes - potentially leading to a much harsher treatment of the products by state regulators....