Nearly all EU member states have interpreted article 13 of the European TPD to ban all claims related to health in the absence of a medical certificate. However, there may be a pathway to a reduced-risk classification.
ECigIntelligence’s regulatory report on the state of e-cigarette legislation in Serbia – this report shows that e-cigs are presently regulated as a consumer product, but the country is likely to bring its laws in line with the EU in hopes of accession by 2022
Nearly 150,000 e-cigarette products have been notified to authorities in EU countries since the transposition of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) in member states – far more than officials expected
Uncertainty surrounds the Italian e-cigarette market, following a number of recent regulatory decisions and initiatives. These include a court decision on the long-running issue of whether to tax nicotine-free e-liquids; proposals to ban online sales and limit offline sales; a range of potential new tax regimes; and new powers to shut down non-compliant online sellers.
A research paper which led to the headline claim that e-cigs can trigger lung disease “just like cigarettes” was picked up by the media more eagerly than other studies which came to less alarmist conclusions
Transposition of the TPD into Belgian law has been force since January 2017. The restrictions it imposes include a ban on online sales as well as product, packaging, labelling and advertising restrictions
New legislation regulating nicotine-containing e-cigarettes came into force on 1st January 2016 in Portugal. Current taxes on nicotine e-liquids are €0.30/ml, but a new budget law is due for vote in November 2017 when it will become clearer if the rate will be changed or kept at the same level.
Based on questions that have arisen in conversations with the e-cigarette industry, our Q&A considers the different regulatory problems that may arise with cross-border distance marketing within the EU or from other countries to Europe
The sale of ingredients for shake and vape – enabling users to mix their own nicotine and non-nicotine e-liquids – is a legal grey area for sellers in many European countries, as it can be a way to get round TPD quantity restrictions on nicotine-containing liquids. In this report, ECigIntelligence looks into the matter in detail.
Heated tobacco products may have an advantage in the EU over both cigarettes and e-cigs as the devices are not classed as tobacco products. It remains to be seen how each country allows them to be promoted
E-cigarettes are regulated in Sweden by the Act on Electronic Cigarettes and Refill Containers (2017/425), which came into force on 1st July 2017. It transposed the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into Swedish legislation. Non-nicotine products are currently not regulated.
Spain was among the last European Union member states to transpose the TPD into national law, adopting it through royal decree only in June 2017 – and there are almost certainly further restrictions on e-cigarettes to come
The interpretation of the European TPD by the Irish Department of Health has resulted in a slightly more restrictive stance towards e-cigarettes in the Republic of Ireland than in the neighbouring UK, but there is no nationwide ban on public vaping and nicotine-free liquids are unaffected by the regulations.
ECigIntelligence brings you updated detail on the state of Polish regulation of e-cigarette products following transposition of the EU Tobacco Products Directive into national law, and reports on how the rules are being enforced in practice.