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.

More kids smoke when access to e-cigs is restricted, study suggests

Written by Barnaby Page || 5th November 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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The first convincing evidence of a causal link between under-age vaping and tobacco use has delivered a shock to those who favour banning sales to minors: e-cigarettes may actually reduce teen...

“Leaked deeming regulations” raise questions, offer few answers

Written by Jim Myers || 29th October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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An e-cigarette industry association this week claimed to be in possession of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s forthcoming deeming regulations, but the provenance and authenticity of the brief excerpts that it published remain...

Washington state prosecutes e-cig firms over “organic” claims

Written by Freddie Dawson || 29th October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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The state of Washington has brought charges against e-cigarette firms for wrongly claiming organic status on their products. This move is part of a wider trend by state attorneys general to crack down on marketing of e-cigarette products...

CDC says one in eight Americans has tried vaping

Written by Barnaby Page || 29th October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
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One in eight adult Americans has tried an e-cigarette, according to the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), though only 3.7% are still using...

Mexico’s retail ban stands despite supreme court ruling

Written by Barnaby Page || 29th October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

Asia
Mexico
North America
South America
United Arab Emirates
United States
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Selling e-cigarettes without a medical licence is still not legal in Mexico, despite a supreme court ruling in favour of one...

Video: municipal e-cig taxation in the United States

Written by || 27th October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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United States
Policy and Politics
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Why are local governments in the U.S. approving new taxes on e-cigarettes? ECigIntelligence’s regulatory analyst Carly Souther uncovers the reasons, identifies the trendsetters and discusses the outlook for municipal taxation of the vaping industry in our exclusive video...

U.S. e-cig firms warned to avoid rash claims about products

Written by Freddie Dawson || 21st October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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United States
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All aspects of an e-cigarette business could come under fire as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looks for novel ways to curtail unsubstantiated claims....

Deeming regulations reach their final hurdle: the White House

Written by || 21st October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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United States
Policy and Politics
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Federal control has come a step closer for the U.S. e-cigarette market this week, with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sending its proposed deeming regulations to the White House office responsible for their final...

Opinion: why zoning is the next big threat to America’s vape stores

Written by Barnaby Page || 16th October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

California
Florida
Georgia
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New York
North America
Oregon
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Utah
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The gravest threat to the U.S. vapour industry comes from local government. While state-level attempts to regulate the industry have been largely unsuccessful, hundreds of local laws have come into...

Italy opts for minimal regulation in draft TPD law

Written by Barnaby Page || 16th October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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Europe
Italy
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The e-cigarette industry in Italy appears likely to receive gentle regulatory treatment from the government’s forthcoming implementation of the European Union Tobacco Products Directive (EU...

Washington conferences to consider deeming regs, harm reduction

Written by || 16th October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Virginia
Washington D.C.
Health
Policy and Politics
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As the U.S. e-cig industry and policy-makers alike await the final version of the Food and Drug Administration’s deeming regulations, two conferences will be held in the Washington area next week to discuss a spectrum of issues related...

Survey “proves Welsh public vaping ban is unnecessary”

Written by Freddie Dawson || 15th October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
United Kingdom
Wales
Health
Regulation and Legislation
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A new Welsh survey has found little use of e-cigarettes among consumers who have never smoked. But is the evidence enough to prevent a proposed public vaping ban from coming into force?...

Sex, drugs and dead batteries: why people dual-use

Written by Marc Beishon || 5th October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

Hawaii
North America
United States
Health
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A new study carried out in Hawaii is said to be the first “to attempt to elucidate the contexts of e-cigarette and cigarette use among dual users”, examining issues ranging from consumption patterns to...

Farsalinos: e-cigs need a fresh legal approach

Written by Barnaby Page || 2nd October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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Europe
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Health
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Two of vaping’s most eminent scientific advocates have called for bespoke regulatory regimes that follow neither the tobacco nor the pharmaceutical model, but they acknowledge that formulating appropriate rules can be a “very challenging...

Scottish kids understand vaping better than adults

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

EU
Europe
Scotland
United Kingdom
Health
Marketing and Retailing
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While some critics fear that exposure to e-cigarettes and e-cig advertising among young people can lead to them taking up nicotine, a new study in Scotland suggests that awareness doesn’t always mean...

Tobacco product or medical? FDA spells out the difference

Written by Barnaby Page || 24th September 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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United States
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is this week proposing a new rule that will make it clearer when tobacco products should be considered as drugs or medical devices, and regulated...

Opinion: public health, magical thinking and monsters under the bed

Written by Barnaby Page || 24th September 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

Europe
United Kingdom
Health
Policy and Politics
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Counterblasts against Public Health England’s nearly unequivocal support for e-cigarettes were only to be expected, and their trajectory has been laid out by two of Britain’s most eminent general medical journals, The Lancet and The BMJ. But their...

Ireland allows vaping in workplaces, but tightens ad rules

Written by Freddie Dawson || 23rd September 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Ireland
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The Irish government has decided not to extend the country’s smoking ban to e-cigarettes, citing the lack of evidence for harm – but the advertising self-regulatory body in Ireland has taken a slightly harder...

E-cigs and dental health: a field wide open for study

Written by Marc Beishon || 22nd September 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

Canada
Europe
North America
United Kingdom
United States
Health
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There has been little study or comment on e-cigs so far from professional bodies in dental health, or from dental researchers. But that may now be changing, with increased interest from some corners of the dental profession in e-cigs’...

Obama names deputy commissioner Califf to head FDA

Written by Jim Myers || 16th September 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
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U.S. president Barack Obama has chosen Rob Califf, currently the deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to head up the...

Podcast: state regulation of public vaping in the U.S.

Written by || 16th September 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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United States
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In this exclusive 20-minute podcast for ECigIntelligence, our U.S. regulatory analyst Carly Souther explores the current situation with state regulation of public vaping, and examines its potential...

Regulation key to success of tobacco alternatives, say PMI and Altria

Written by Barnaby Page || 11th September 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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Italy
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Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) wants to see alternative products take a large share of the nicotine market away from combustible cigarettes as soon as possible – with the help of appropriate regulation....

Praise and criticism for Public Health England’s e-cig stance

Written by Freddie Dawson || 11th September 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
United Kingdom
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
British politicians this week heard praise from e-cigarette advocates for the recent endorsement of e-cigs by Public Health England (PHE), but some proponents argued that PHE’s backing was too little too late and failed to address serious short-term...

Portugal adds public vaping ban to new TPD law

Written by Barnaby Page || 7th September 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

Europe
Portugal
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Portugal has become the latest European Union member state to implement the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), hewing closely to its requirements but also introducing a public vaping ban with limited...

“Most online e-cig vendors make false claims,” says watchdog

Written by Barnaby Page || 4th September 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

United States
Marketing and Retailing
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The majority of U.S. e-cig vendors make unsupported claims on their Websites, a watchdog group has charged after surveying the online presence of 159 companies. Truth in Advertising (TINA), a nonprofit based in Connecticut, examined the firms’ online...

FDA rebukes tobacco firms: don’t make modified-risk claims

Written by Barnaby Page || 27th August 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned tobacco companies including R.J. Reynolds and Imperial Tobacco to stop describing some of their combustible cigarettes as “additive-free” or...

FDA grants more time for comments on child-proofing

Written by Barnaby Page || 21st August 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the deadline for commenting on its questions about e-cigarette warning labels and child-proofing, saying that prospective respondents have asked for additional...

Developing nations advised to adopt pharma model

Written by Barnaby Page || 21st August 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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Governments of poorer countries need to regulate e-cigarettes just as much as their wealthier counterparts, and ought to opt for a pharmaceutical model – but they may find it difficult, according to a new paper by two U.S....

Uganda bans e-cigarettes in tough new tobacco law

Written by Barnaby Page || 18th August 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

Africa
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The east African nation of Uganda appears to have become one of the small handful that ban e-cigarettes altogether, rolling a blanket prohibition into a stiff new tobacco control...

Family, friends influence teens’ adoption of e-cigarettes

Written by Freddie Dawson || 17th August 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

California
EU
Europe
North America
United Kingdom
United States
Health
Regulatory briefing
New studies attempting to determine causes of youth e-cigarette use have found some correlation with factors such as vaping or smoking by other household members, peer pressure, economic deprivation and...

British health charity calls for promotion of e-cigarettes

Written by Barnaby Page || 17th August 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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United Kingdom
Health
Marketing and Retailing
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A prominent British public-health charity has thrown its weight behind vaping, saying that the public needs educating on e-cigarettes’ health benefits compared with...

Spain to transpose TPD without full public vaping ban

Written by Barnaby Page || 16th August 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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Europe
Spain
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Spain appears to have abandoned plans to impose a blanket ban on indoor vaping, omitting the measure from its draft legislation to implement the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive (EU TPD) in national...

E-cigarette makers challenge Indiana’s manufacturing rules

Written by Freddie Dawson || 14th August 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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Florida
Indiana
Kentucky
North America
United States
Companies
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Four e-cigarette firms have filed a lawsuit challenging strict manufacturing regulations that are proposed for e-cigarettes in the state of Indiana – and their success or failure could have repercussions across the...

Malaysia to regulate e-cigs; gentle regime probable

Written by Freddie Dawson || 5th August 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

Asia
Malaysia
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Malaysia is expected to unveil proposals for regulating e-cigarettes in the next couple months. It is thought that the country will encourage its growing e-cigarette industry, and not impose a ban like some of its southeast Asian neighbours....

Nicotine delivery: how much is too much?

Written by Marc Beishon || 5th August 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

Middle East
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
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Researchers in the U.S. have developed a model for predicting the amount of nicotine emitted by e-cigarettes, which they say could gauge the expected yield of a device before it is even...

Leno’s Californian vaping bill comes back to life

Written by Barnaby Page || 4th August 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

California
North America
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
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Californian senator Mark Leno’s e-cigarette bill is back, despite seeming to have died last month after a legislative committee tore out some of its most significant...