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.

France plans public vaping ban, but goes harder on tobacco

Written by Barnaby Page || 26th September 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
France
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
France’s health minister yesterday presented her long-awaited proposals on smoking and vaping to the cabinet, going easier on e-cigs than on tobacco but still introducing a public place ban and advertising...

Missouri finally decides: e-cigs are different from tobacco

Written by Freddie Dawson || 16th September 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The U.S. state of Missouri is to legally distinguish between e-cigarettes and tobacco products, following disagreement among law-makers which saw legislation passed, then vetoed, and finally...

UK pharma regulator approves cigarette-like vapour device

Written by Barnaby Page || 12th September 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

Europe
United Kingdom
Companies
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
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Regulatory briefing
Britain’s medicines regulator has issued a product licence for the nicotine inhaler Voke, which will be sold by British American Tobacco’s subsidiary Nicoventures and looks likely to be the closest pharmaceutically-approved competitor to the...

Ban indoor vaping, restrict ads, says World Health Organization

Written by Barnaby Page || 26th August 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

Africa
Asia
Australasia
Europe
North America
South America
World
Health
Marketing and Retailing
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The World Health Organization (WHO) looks increasingly likely to recommend stringent restrictions on e-cigarettes, following an internal report which suggests measures including a blanket ban on indoor use and tight controls on...

Drop in smokers seeking help: does it mean more use of e-cigs?

Written by Barnaby Page || 21st August 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

Europe
United Kingdom
Health
Regulatory briefing
Anti-smoking campaigners in the UK believe the use of e-cigarettes as unofficial cessation aids has contributed to a sharp drop in the number of people joining quit-smoking programmes, although nearly all successful participants in those schemes are still...

North Carolina allows prison inmates to buy e-cigarettes

Written by Barnaby Page || 13th August 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

Alabama
Canada
Illinois
Nebraska
North America
North Carolina
Tennessee
United States
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Business briefing
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Prison inmates in North Carolina are to be allowed e-cigarettes, following an unusual law-making decision which implicitly gives official recognition to the products as substitutes for tobacco...

FDA told it should abandon deeming regs, turn to Congress

Written by Barnaby Page || 10th August 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Business briefing
Regulatory briefing
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is likely to have received a deluge of comments in the run-up to the closing of the public consultation period on its e-cigarette regulations last Friday – among them a biting...

More study needed on complex nicotine-cancer relationship

Written by Marc Beishon || 7th August 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Health
Regulatory briefing
Laypeople reading a new opinion paper in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer may be alarmed, but it is important to note that although nicotine can contribute to cancer, on its own the current evidence does not support a...

No basis for tobacco-style rules, says review of e-cig science

Written by Barnaby Page || 3rd August 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

Europe
North America
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
A new review of medical and public health research on e-cigarettes concludes that tobacco-style regulation is unjustifiably strict, but also suggests that further research is needed on health effects and the relationship of e-cigs to...

Suicide attempt may heighten debate on e-liquid safety

Written by Barnaby Page || 2nd August 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

Denmark
Europe
Germany
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
A German man’s attempt to kill himself by ingesting e-liquid could add to the clamour for regulating the availability, concentration, and packaging of nicotine-containing fluid on safety...

E-liquids: are they as dangerous as European regulators think?

Written by Freddie Dawson || 29th July 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Could handling e-liquid really be as safe as doing the dishes? European regulations on classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) have been wrongly categorising nicotine as extremely toxic when it should be considered the equivalent of washing-up liquid, a new...

While FDA muses, U.S. states move ahead with regulation

Written by Barnaby Page || 29th July 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

Hawaii
Michigan
Missouri
North America
United States
Regulation and Legislation
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While U.S. federal regulation of e-cigarettes creeps through a lengthy consultation and review stage, individual states and lower levels of government are trying to fill the legal...

City’s health director weighs in on Canadian e-cig confusion

Written by Barnaby Page || 24th July 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

Canada
North America
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The director of public health for Canada’s second-largest city has called for national regulation specifically covering e-cigarettes, which would clarify the country’s confusing mixture of proclaimed prohibition and actual...

Pressure still mounting on FDA over child safety requirements

Written by Barnaby Page || 24th July 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
An influential member of the U.S. Congress has urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to mandate child-proofing for e-liquid containers, as the wrangling over whether e-cigarettes pose a threat to young people rumbles...

Swedish pharma regulator granted control over e-cigs

Written by Barnaby Page || 23rd July 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

Europe
Sweden
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
A Swedish court has upheld attempts by the country’s medical products regulator to treat nicotine-containing e-cigarettes as pharmaceuticals, meaning that they must go through a licensing process and cannot be sold in outlets such as groceries and convenience...

Crowd-funded appeal against ban on “lookalike” e-cigs

Written by Freddie Dawson || 11th July 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

Australasia
Australia
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
An Australian e-cigarette retailer is attempting to crowd-fund an appeal after a court ruled that the e-cigarettes the company sold resembled conventional cigarettes – violating Australia’s Tobacco Products Control Act of...

Many UK pharmacists will sell e-cigs to kids, survey finds

Written by Freddie Dawson || 4th July 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

Europe
United Kingdom
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
Almost three out of four independent UK pharmacies failed to stop under-age consumers attempting to purchase an e-cigarette, according to a new investigation from two UK governmental bodies, Public Health England and the Trading Standards Institute...

Poison risk to kids prompts proposal for NY e-liquid ban

Written by Freddie Dawson || 3rd July 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

New York
North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Campaigners have accused two New York state senators of failing to see the wood for the trees after they introduced a bill that could prevent businesses from selling, offering to sell or giving away e-liquids....

FDA, WHO petitioners advised to focus on public health

Written by Barnaby Page || 2nd July 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

Africa
Asia
Australasia
Europe
North America
South America
United States
World
Policy and Politics
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Comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its proposed e-cigarette regulations should focus on public health and skip business issues, an industry organisation has...

FDA’s deeming regulations face many grounds for challenge

Written by Barnaby Page || 24th June 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The proposed e-cigarette regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could face legal challenges on at least five separate grounds if they are enacted without change, a new analysis from ECigIntelligence...