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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)

India aims to ramp up Information Technology Act to block e-cig promotion

27th December 2018 | Regulatory briefing |

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New changes to the Information Technology Act aim to block any information on the internet promoting e-cigarettes to residents of India.
This week, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) proposed an amendment to the Draft of the Information Technology Intermediary Guidelines Rules, which obliges any intermediary or internet-based service provider to inform users not to “host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update or share any information that (…) threatens public health or safety; promotion of cigarettes or any other tobacco products or consumption of intoxicant including alcohol and Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS).”

Framework Convention “ignores its own harm reduction principles”

23rd June 2016 | Regulatory briefing |

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The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has been accused of ignoring its own founding document in taking a stance against e-cigarettes, as well as neglecting the governance principles of its ultimate parent the United Nations.

Third Indian state bans e-cigs, citing youth addiction

21st June 2016 | Regulatory briefing |

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The Indian state of Karnataka has become the third to ban e-cigarettes. It follows Maharahstra and Punjab in what appears likely to become a subcontinental trend, as India’s tobacco control tightens and grave concerns about the health risks of vaping are repeatedly pronounced by officials.