Regulatory briefing / Belgium

This page covers all of our Belgian regulatory news briefings and industry updates. These range from changes and developments in vaping legislation and restrictions to new proposals and policy developments. The section also offers industry updates on legal battles, e-cigarette tax changes, ban proposals, lobby updates, etc.

COP9 postponement buys time to consider evidence, say experts

30th April 2020 | Regulatory briefing |

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The postponement of the 2020 Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) to next year could be good news for the tobacco alternatives sector

Anti-tobacco policies light up on World No Tobacco Day

31st May 2019 | Regulatory briefing |

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Health authorities around the world presented their policies against e-cigarettes and novel tobacco products World No Tobacco Day (WNTD)

Brussels postpones tax decision on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco

12th January 2018 | Regulatory briefing |

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The European Commission has said it will review the future tax situation of e-cigarettes and heated-tobacco products in 2019, and will not propose a revision of the Directive 2011/64/EU on excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco now

France reduces TPD notification fees and relaxes calendar 

17th December 2016 | Regulatory briefing |

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France says it has reduced manufacturers’ notification costs for new vaping products. Manufacturers will now need to pay just €295, instead of the €550 that was set when the country transposed the TPD in May.

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New Royal Decree will overhaul regulation of e-cigs in Belgium

24th November 2016 | Regulatory briefing |

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A newly-issued Royal Decree will regulate the market for e-cigarettes in Belgium and introduce some substantial changes from the early 2016 decree, which was suspended in March. One of the main points of this new document published in the Belgian official journal Le Moniteur is the ban on distance sales (e.g. online or by phone) of e-cig and e-liquids. The […]

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E-cigarette researchers outraged by charities’ “threatening” letters

11th October 2016 | Marketing & retailing , Regulatory briefing |

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Scientists and researchers have said that anti-smoking charities are acting like the anti-Communist zealots of the 1950s McCarthy era in trying to keep them away from an international conference on tobacco and nicotine. One public-health expert said: “The tactic is to say ‘tobacco industry’ like senator Joseph McCarthy would once say ‘communist’ and assume that […]

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TPD infringement proceedings initiated against 19 member states

30th August 2016 | Regulatory briefing |

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The EU has begun infringement proceedings against the majority of its member states for either tardy or poor transposition of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into national regulations.

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Almost half of member states are late with TPD transposition

20th May 2016 | Regulatory briefing |

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Nearly half of EU member states look likely to miss today’s deadline for fully transposing the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into local law.

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

5th April 2016 | Regulatory briefing |

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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 be known as meta-analyses) is, of course, one of the primary public-health and policy questions about the devices. But how much value should we place on their findings?

Updated infographic: the TPD and European e-cigarette regulation

3rd December 2015 | Regulatory briefing |

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This new infographic from ECigIntelligence examines the state of e-cigarette regulation and transposition of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) throughout the European Union.

Infographic: how regulation affects vaping prevalence

13th July 2015 | Regulatory briefing |

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Infographic showing how the level of e-cigarette regulation in different territories appears to have an impact on vaping prevalence.

FAA says air passengers must carry, not check, their e-cigs

26th January 2015 | Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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Are e-cigs and other tobacco substitutes welcome on passenger planes? Are they a danger, an infringement of near-universal strict rules against in-flight smoking, or a benign product that passengers might appreciate?