News analysis

Japan remains premier test market for new HnB devices

30th May 2019 | News analysis |

Japan continues to be the leading test market for heated tobacco products, with two new devices recently launched – including the world’s first device which works with ordinary cigarettes.
SMV Japan, which lays claim to being the country’s first vape manufacturer, released its VP Style heat-not-burn (HnB) device on 27th April for JPY 7,980 ($72.80). The device comes in silver or black

JT shows two new higher-temp HnB devices for Japan

21st January 2019 | News analysis |

Japan Tobacco (JT) is launching two new heat-not-burn (HnB) devices in the Japanese market on 29th January as it tries to catch up with Philip Morris International (PMI)’s IQOS and British American Tobacco (BAT)’s Glo in its home territory.
The new devices will heat tobacco to higher temperatures than JT’s existing Ploom Tech, delivering stronger tastes, something consumers have called for, according to a company spokesperson.

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

27th December 2018 | News analysis |

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).”