Tighter regulation “is on the way” for e-cigs, according to the European Commission’s commissioner for health and food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, who sees “possibilities” for “stronger regulation” to “stop advertising and online sales”
The British Medical Association – the doctors’ trade union – has dropped its opposition to e-cigarettes and urged its members to recommend vaping as a means to quit smoking
Sweden is to join its Scandinavian neighbours Finland and Denmark in adding vaping to its ban on smoking in a variety of public places. The country is also preparing to tax e-liquids, with or without nicotine
Deep social inequalities among the smoking population have long been recognised; the question now is whether e-cigarettes can help to correct them, or whether they may even widen the health gap
The European Commission is considering whether to propose an EU-wide tax on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, but may choose not to do so for now, following a public consultation
New meta-analyses showing e-cigarettes as positive tools for smoking cessation are lacking – and that comes down to just one person in one controlled trial, according to an expert on health research
The head of Britain’s committee looking into the science behind e-cigarettes has confirmed his personal sympathy with vaping but maintains that he must focus on evidence and science.
Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, the controversial research endowment fund initially endowed for $1bn by Philip Morris International (PMI), has committed to instituting “almost all” good-governance suggestions put to it by harm reduction experts.
Spain has taken a crucial step towards banning cross-border sales of nicotine-containing products, including e-cigarettes, and imposing a number of other new marketing restrictions
Some Polish politicians, opposed to the government, are trying to stop the country’s planned tax on e-liquids and instead introduce their own e-cigarette bill to parliament
The Italian Constitutional Court in Rome has ruled that taxing non-nicotine e-liquids is legitimate, ending a temporary suspension imposed in 2015 by a lower court
Reports of scientific research into e-cigarettes should be approached with caution – especially if they appear stridently either pro or anti – one of Britain’s leading researchers warns
Pre-school children will be given e-cigarettes to play with and try to switch on as German authorities work to establish a national standard for child-proofing the products
The UK government is being urged by both an all-party parliamentary lobby group and the British Psychological Society to keep promoting e-cigs as a means to stop smoking
EU legislation currently has no clear category for hybrid devices – leaving a loophole manufacturers may be able to use to their advantage, enabling them to choose their own regulatory regime
A re-formed UK parliamentary committee is to examine the science behind e-cigarettes, with a view to informing future policy and regulation
A proposed lower tax rate for e-liquids is not getting a positive reception among Poland’s e-cig industry, with manufacturers continuing to claim that if the proposal is passed it will destroy the vaping industry.
A UK parliament backbench debate on the new tobacco control plan acknowledged the role e-cigarettes have played, and will continue to play, but did little to address the concerns of some industry stakeholders.
New endorsements from public bodies in the UK could move e-cigarettes a step closer to being offered on prescription by NHS doctors as aids to quitting smoking
A German retailer has been ordered to stop selling a Joyetech eGo model on the grounds that its screw-top is not child-proof, and has warned that a national ban could follow
A decision by Germany’s highest law court has made it clear that the ban on advertising tobacco products – which includes nicotine-containing e-cigarettes – extends to the internet
While most attention has been paid to the effects of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) within individual markets, it also imposes new demands on cross-border sellers
Slovenia’s Constitutional Court has been asked to rule on whether the country’s ban on online e-cigarette sales contravenes the national constitution
Sweden is set to bring in a new tax on e-cigarettes, following a proposal in the national budget for 2018. The exact nature and level of the tax will be determined after consultation with relevant bodies
Heat-not-burn (HnB) products could benefit from greater marketing opportunities in the European Union than e-cigarettes and combustible tobacco as the heating devices are not themselves considered to be tobacco products
The UK bodies in charge of advertising regulatory code have put forward a yes/no consultation on proposals to loosen restrictions on e-cigarette health claims in advertisements.
A new bill to liberate e-cigarettes in Britain from the EU TPD has been proposed by MP Christopher Chope, but questions remain over its seriousness. Still, the industry welcomes the opportunity for law-makers to debate the issue.
The Dutch health ministry is to bring in new regulation of vapour products, including a 10 ml limit on non-nicotine e-liquids and some vaguely worded restrictions on e-cigarette packaging
Three new UK studies offer conflicting conclusions on the possible link between young people trying e-cigarettes and those who become smokers – but what does the weight of evidence suggest overall?
A study for the German government has concluded that “e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than tobacco”, but adds a warning that the long-term effects remain unknown