Netherlands: e-cigarette regulation, February 2024

The Tobacco and Smoking Products Act defines e-cigarettes, regardless of nicotine presence, as a tobacco-related product. Dutch law tends to equate e-cigarettes with tobacco products, especially in the areas of sales and advertising, and public usage. The outlook for the vaping framework is uncertain due to the delays in forming the new government. Unless the new government turns away from the National Prevention Agreement (NPA), we expect to see proposals introducing taxes, plain packaging, retail licensing, raising the purchasing age to 21,  and more public place usage restrictions.

This report provides detailed analysis of the current regulatory framework in place for e-cigarettes in the Netherlands, covering all policy areas from taxation to notification requirements and advertising restrictions.

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Dmytro Korchahin

Senior legal analyst
Dmytro holds a masters degree in International and European Union Law from Vilnius University, Lithuania. He also has a masters in law from the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Ukraine and in the management of foreign economic activity from V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine. In 2019 he completed a four-month Erasmus+ exchange programme at the University of Barcelona, Spain. He started his PhD studies in EU environmental law at Vilnius University in 2021.

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