News analysis / Belgium

Vaping products under new classification in Belgium

8th December 2016 | News analysis |

A few months after being suspended, a Royal Decree published on 28th October 2016 has finally transposed the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) – but with a very important change in the classification of vaping products in Belgium. From 17th January 2017, when the law comes into force, e-cigarettes and e-liquids containing nicotine will be considered consumer products, according to the latest ECigIntelligence regulatory report.

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

24th November 2016 | News analysis |

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 TPD leaves this measure to » Continue Reading.

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

5th April 2016 | News analysis |

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?