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30th September 2022 - Asia, China |
China: On 1st October, the e-cigarette standard will enter into effect. Today, the tobacco administration published several documents regulating retroactive QR code labels and further clarifying the rules for foreign production companiesexpansion of e-cigarette production capacities, and production licensing. Please note that access to official Chinese websites is not available outside of China.
29th September 2022 - Asia, China |

China: Ahead of the implementation on Saturday, 1st October, of the new national standard for e-cigarette products, the tobacco administration has published a notice reiterating that e-cigarettes intended for export must comply with the regulations of the destination country or region. If the destination country does not have relevant laws, the products must comply with Chinese rules. E-cigarette manufacturers with a tobacco monopoly manufacturer's licence who are engaging in exports should make export filings through the electronic cigarette trading management platform. The administration will accept objections from existing e-cigarette manufacturers from 8th to 31st October.

Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU): The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission decided last week to introduce traceability marking for e-cigarettes throughout the EAEU. The five member states Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia will reportedly determine individually their own procedure and enforcement dates.

28th September 2022 - Asia, South Korea |

South Korea: The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency today warned of an increasingly widespread use by young people of flavoured tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, which it says are a gateway to smoking. The agency refers to a study showing a 12% increase between 2016 and 2022 in the use of flavoured tobacco products by smokers aged 13-39.

22nd September 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said he expects to finalise the review of the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 next week with the parliamentary special select committee in order to table it again in the upcoming parliamentary session, which starts on 3rd October, press reports. Khairy said MPs were generally in favour of the bill, which proposes a ban on vaping products for those born on or after 1st January 2007, and that most of the issues raised during the bills first reading had been resolved by the committee.

19th September 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |
Saudi Arabia: The Board of Directors of the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority has issued the decision No. 570/2022 approving the amendments to the executive by-law on excise tax. According to the decision, importers and producers of excise goods will now be obliged to disclose the tax to the authority within a period of 15 days from the date of the tax due. In addition, a warehouse will be eligible for licensing as a tax warehouse if it acquires an average of 500,000 vaping devices a year as opposed to the current 1m devices, and 125,000 l of e-liquid as opposed to 500,000 l.
16th September 2022 - Asia, South Korea |
South Korea: Today (16th September) the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Health Promotion Institute held an institutional forum to discuss the direction of e-cigarette policy. During the forum, according to the press release, “the current status and problems of the recent spread of e-cigarettes are reviewed, and policy improvement directions are discussed”. The expansion of the definition of tobacco products to encompass products derived from tobacco stems or roots is being considered, as only products that contain or are derived from tobacco leaves currently fall within the scope of the definition. There are several bills in the legislative process to this end.
16th September 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: Member of the House of Representatives Joey Salceda is seeking stricter enforcement of the Vaping Regulation Law. He says that in practice vape products are being wrongfully categorised on some online platforms as “toys” or “electronics”, therefore avoiding paying a tax of PHP47 ($0.82) per ml. Salceda also urged the Bureau of Internal Revenue to draft regulations to fight counterfeits and ensure taxes are being imposed on those products.
12th September 2022 - Asia, Jordan |
Jordan: Today, 12th September, the House of Representatives approved the Child Rights bill. The new law considers smoking in the presence of children, even by parents or other family members, an attack on their health and physical well-being. The law dictates fines ranging from JOD100 ($140) to JOD300 ($425) for smoking or vaping in front of children. Vaping is considered smoking according to Public Health Law No. 47/2008 and the “standards for tobacco and nicotine products, including electronic ones”.
9th September 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin said today, 9th September, that “if there are no obstacles, the parliamentary special select committee report [on the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022] will be completed by the end of this month to allow it to be tabled again in the next Parliamentary session”.
9th September 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The parliamentary special select committee (PSSC) responsible for assessing the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 that proposes a ban on the sale of vaping products to anyone born after 2007 generally agreed yesterday to drop Section 17(1)(c) on the ban of possession of vapour products for anyone born from 1st January 2007, but to retain Sections 17(1)(a) and (b), which prohibit these individuals from using said products, press reports.
5th September 2022 - Asia, Bahrain |

Bahrain: The National Bureau for Revenue announced yesterday that from 16th October all cigarettes available for sale must be marked with distinctive digital stamps as laid down by decree No. 3/2022, issued in May. From that date any cigarettes not having the digital stamp will either be destroyed or confiscated. The system is to be extended later to include other tobacco products such as e-cigarettes, heated tobacco and hookahs.

31st August 2022 - Asia, China |

China (Macau): The Macau Legislative Assembly has unanimously approved a government amendment to the New Tobacco Control Law, which prohibits the manufacture, import, export, distribution and transport of e-cigarettes. Until now, e-cig sales have been forbidden in the special administrative region, while limited imports for personal use were allowed.

29th August 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |
Saudi Arabia: Yesterday, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing issued a draft rule on retail, licensing and advertising of e-cigarettes. The proposal prohibits product display in shop windows and advertising on the exterior of stores. It also requires retailers to display a health warning and a sign prohibiting sales to minors both inside and outside of their stores. The proposal will be under consideration until 11th September.
29th August 2022 - Asia, South Korea |
South Korea: Today, the Ministry of Health and Welfare updated the requirements applicable to the health warnings that nicotine-containing e-liquids must carry. The new requirements, which are updated every two years, will apply from 23rd December 2022 to 22nd December 2024. The notice comes with a manual with illustrations of the packaging and frequently asked questions.
17th August 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin has told reporters that the details of the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill are to be discussed this week by a bipartisan special select committee, which he will chair. Jamaluddin has already accepted recommendations by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Women, Children and Social Development, including dropping punishment for possession of vaping products by anyone born after 2007, although their use will remain punishable. The bill has sparked heated debate among MPs and others, despite reported calls by the King of Malaysia to support it.

17th August 2022 - Asia, Kuwait |

Kuwait: Kuwaiti Customs has again postponed the adoption of the 100% customs duty imposed on e-cigarettes and e-liquids by the Gulf Cooperation Council, putting it back from 1st September 2022 to 1st January 2023. The administration issued a similar notice in February, postponing adoption of the duty from 1st March to 1st September.

11th August 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is finalising the draft implementing RA 11900, further regulating vaping products, media reports. The DTI, which is to set technical standards for product safety, consistency and quality, will start a consultation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and proceed with a public consultation with industry, retailers and users.
10th August 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Bureau of Internal Revenue has published the full text of Republic Act 11900, which will regulate the importation, manufacture, sale, packaging, distribution and use of vaping products. The act will come into force 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two general circulation newspapers, which to the best of our knowledge has not yet happened.

9th August 2022 - Asia, Uzbekistan |

Uzbekistan: Parliament was today considering the Conciliation Commission’s views on a bill to restrict the distribution and consumption of alcohol and tobacco products, media reports. The Senate rejected the bill in June, calling for clarification and amendments, after it was approved by the lower house, the Legislative Chamber, at the end of 2021. The bill aims to amend current tobacco legislation to cover novel products and to ban sales to under-21s.

8th August 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |

Saudi Arabia: The Riyadh Municipality has tweeted about “the most prominent violations” by hospitality premises serving “tobacco products”, which include e-cigarettes. They include offering tobacco products without a permit, failure to disclose monthly sales, failure to specify a “tobacco product serving fee” and adding it as a separate item on the customer’s invoice. The authoritiy points out that all these violations are subject to the penalties stipulated in the 2019 Anti-Smoking Law.

3rd August 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: The Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking of Electronic Cigarette Device) Order 2022 comes into effect today. It requires manufacturers and importers of e-cigarette devices and components to apply for a certificate to the inspection and testing body SIRIM QAS International before placing them on the market. E-cigs that comply with the Malaysian Standard on Electronic Cigarette Devices will be marked as such.

2nd August 2022 - Asia, Kyrgyzstan |

Kyrgyzstan: The Ministry of Economy and Finance has put forward for public discussion a draft resolution on minimum retail prices for tobacco and nicotine-containing products, media reports. It suggests e-cigarettes should be priced at KGS400 ($4.80) per device in 2023, then rise gradually until 2026.

28th July 2022 - Asia, Indonesia |

Indonesia: Government officials and stakeholders met yesterday to discuss revising the tobacco framework, Government Regulation 109 of 2012, with a view to regulating e-cigarettes, press reports. Deputy health minister of Health Dante Saksono said several ministries were working on it, although a formal initiative sent by the Ministry of Health to the president was rejected in January.

28th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: The Bipartisan Parliamentary Committee on Health, Science and Innovation has recommended that the proposed generational ban on purchase of vape products should be delayed for three years, and that the ban should start with those born after 2008, instead of 2007, press reports. The committee wants a three-year evaluation period to assess the government’s preparedness to implement the ban and to assess the need for separate regulation of vaping products. It said that e-cigarettes have “harm reduction” characteristics compared to combustible tobacco.

27th July 2022 - Asia, Vietnam |

Vietnam: During a symposium yesterday on new tobacco products, the Ministry of Health objected to a proposal put forward by the Ministry of Industry and Trade for a two-year pilot programme for trade in e-cigarettes and heated tobacco, press reports. Tran Thi Trang, deputy director of the health ministry’s legal department, said the pilot proposal came purely from a business perspective and has not been thoroughly studied from the point of view of public health.

27th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: A much-discussed bill banning the sale of vaping products to people born in or after 2007 was tabled in Parliament today. The bill does not mention nicotine but defines a “smoking device” as “any electronic device or a battery-operated device or other device, which is used to heat, vaporise, or burn a tobacco product, smoking substance, or substitute tobacco product for smoking”. It defines a “smoking substance” as “any substance or combination of substance comprising of propylene glycol, glycerol, or triethylene glycol for the purpose of smoking”, including nicotine-free e-cigarettes. The bill equates vaping with smoking, and proposes penalties for the purchase, possession and use of vaping products by anyone born after 1st January 2007.

26th July 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Bureau of Internal Revenue has published an updated list of registered manufacturers and importers of vapour products. According to the authority, any product not included in the list and that does not comply with regulations, such as the health warning requirements, is considered unauthorised.

26th July 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Bill (Vape Bill), which introduces further regulation of vaping and heated tobacco products, has lapsed into law after president Bongbong Marcos took no action on it. Among the new provisions is the lowering of the minimum purchasing and sale age to 18. The Department of Trade and Industry becomes the authority to set technical standards. The President’s Office is yet to release a copy of the law.

25th July 2022 - Asia, Thailand |

Thailand: Cannabis-based e-liquids will not be exempt from the ban on the import and sale of vaping products. The National Tobacco Products Control Committee has made clear that both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes with cannabis are banned, press reports.

25th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin today tweeted that, after having taken into account all the opinions expressed in stakeholder engagement sessions, sales of vaping products will be banned to those born in or after 2007, rather than 2005 as previously reported. In a separate tweet, Khairy said the “Generational Endgame” bill will be tabled in Parliament next week.

25th July 2022 - Asia, United Arab Emirates |

United Arab Emirates: The Public Prosecution authority has published a warning on Instagram that the sale, distribution and promotion of tobacco products to under-18s is prohibited. Under the Electronic Nicotine Products standard, e-cigarettes are treated like traditional tobacco, so selling them to minors can lead to at least three months’ jail and a fine of no less than AED15,000 ($4,000) under Federal Law No. 03/2016 on child rights and Federal Law No. 15/2009 on tobacco control.

22nd July 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: In response to a request from the president’s office for comments and recommendations on the Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Bill (Vape Bill), several government agencies, including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), have expressed their support for the bill, press reports. In parallel, the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Health (DOH) requested to veto it. The bill will lapse into law on 24th July if the president does not act on it.
22nd July 2022 - Asia, United Arab Emirates |
United Arab Emirates: The UAE Federal Tax Authority has issued a press release stressing its commitment to enforcing the Digital Tax Stamp (DTS) on tobacco products. The authority explained that control efforts resulted in the seizure and confiscation of nearly 5.5m units of tobacco products that did not conform to specifications, and assured that it will increase efforts to control the markets and ensure the correct implementation of the excise tax. It’s worth noting that e-cigarettes should also bear the DTS.
22nd July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: Replying to a parliamentary question put forward by member of parliament (MP) Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen, who asked whether the Ministry of Health intends to recognise e-cigarettes as a harm-reduction tool, the minister of health, Khairy Jamaluddin, replied on 19th July that the Ministry is still studying the use of e-cigarettes as a harm-reduction method. Jamaluddin acknowledged that in other countries e-cigs have been recognised as such, but noted at the same time that “scientific data shows that e-cigarettes affect one’s health”. He added that “the policy decision to recognise electronic cigarettes as a harm-reduction tool needs to be carefully made based on strong scientific evidence”.
21st July 2022 - Asia, Jordan |

Jordan: The House of Representatives has referred a government-drafted bill of child rights to a joint committee of the Women and Family Affairs Committee and the Legal Committee. The bill proposes fines ranging from JOD 100 ($140) to JOD 300 ($420) for smoking or vaping in front of children, including by parents or family members. Vaping is considered to be smoking under Public Health Law No. 47/2008 and the Standards for tobacco and nicotine products, including electronic ones.

20th July 2022 - Asia, Israel |

Israel: Health minister Nitzan Horowitz is considering further restricting the marketing of disposable e-cigarettes and raising the excise duty on them, due to their growing popularity among young people, press reports. He is reportedly considering requiring disturbing and impactful images on packaging to discourage purchase.

20th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: poll of 40 members of Malaysia’s lower parliamentary chamber the Dewan Rakyat found only 12 said they would vote in favour of a bill banning the sale of vaping products to anyone born after 2005. Another 26 said they would decide how they would vote after the publication of the draft bill. The report by CodeBlue, a newspaper specialising in health matters, says most of those as yet uncommitted “appeared to lean towards opposing the tobacco bill in its current form, as they expressed various concerns with the proposed generational ban on tobacco and vape”.

15th July 2022 - Armenia, Asia |
Armenia: Yesterday, 14th July, the government approved the plan to combat the use of tobacco products and tobacco substitutes for 2022-2026, media reports. The plan is expected to protect current and future generations from the corrosive effects of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, as well as significantly reduce the prevalence of tobacco use. Among other things, the plan seeks to develop the requirements for uniform packaging of such products, revise their tax policy, and provide mechanisms to exclude tobacco industry interference in tobacco control policies.
14th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: The Cabinet yesterday approved the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill that sets out to ban the sale of vaping products to anyone born in or after 2005, press reports. The Cabinet’s approval allows health minister Khairy Jamaluddin to table the bill in Parliament, which he intends to do during the upcoming session, which begins on Monday, 18th July.

12th July 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Presidential Office has confirmed to ECigIntelligence that it received the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Bill, which will further regulate vaping products, on 24th June, six days before president Bongbong Marcos took office. If the president does not act on a bill submitted by Congress, it lapses into law after 30 days of receipt.

12th July 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |

Kazakhstan: President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has signed a bill to introduce changes to the Tax Code, media reports. The tax rate for nicotine e-liquids will rise to KZT53 ($0.11) per ml on1st January 2023 and to KZT55 ($0.12) on 1st January 2024.

11th July 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |

Saudi Arabia: The National Committee for Tobacco Control has tweeted that the Islamic pilgrimage season, the Hajj, is an opportunity to quit smoking, and stressed that under the Anti-Smoking Law Royal Decree No. (M/56)/2015 it is prohibited to consume any tobacco product in religious areas, including squares and places surrounding mosques. Saudi Arabia’s anti-smoking regulations also apply to e-cigarettes.

8th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The minister of health said today, 8th July, that the bill banning the sale of vaping products to all those born after 1st January 2005 that we previously reported on will be presented to the cabinet next week, before it is tabled in the parliament later this month, press reports. The minister further stated that the bill will envisage jail terms for the sale of vaping products to anyone born after 1st January 2005, but that possession will not be punished with incarceration.
7th July 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |

Saudi Arabia: The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority  has introduced an initial draft through the Public Consultation Platform, proposing amendments to the executive bylaw on excise tax. It suggests that a warehouse should be eligible for licensing as a tax warehouse if it acquires an average of 500,000 vaping devices a year rather than 1m devices as at present, and 125,000 l of e-liquid rather than 500,000. The authority has until 30th July to discuss the amendments before accepting them.

6th July 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: Presidential spokesperson Trixie Cruz-Angeles has told reporters that the new president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, has given no indication of whether or not he supports the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Bill, which would change regulations on vaping products. Bills approved by the former Congress lapse into law if the president fails to act on it within 30 days of receiving it. The presidential office has not confirmed to ECigIntelligence when the bill was received.

29th June 2022 - Asia, Vietnam |

Vietnam: Luu Binh Pyong, a member of the one-party National Assembly, has criticised the loose management of novel tobacco products and spoken out against a ban, press reports. Other members of the Assembly have also supported the creation of a legal framework. Heated tobacco is forbidden in Vietnam while e-cigarettes are unregulated.

29th June 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: After campaigning in a televised briefing against the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Bill, the Department of Health has issued a statement urging president Rodrigo Duterte to veto the bill, which it says would hand its power over all aspects of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco to the Department of Trade and Industry. The bill was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives in January but has not yet been sent to the president’s office.

28th June 2022 - Asia, Cambodia |
Cambodia: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports issued guidelines on the prevention of the use of e-cigarettes in public and private schools, local media reports. Even though such products are banned, the minister is concerned about the rising use of e-cigarettes among youth, and therefore, he asks professors and parents to inform students about the negative effects and report to local authorities the trade of such products.
27th June 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Department of Health has asked charities, clubs and community organisations in a televised briefing to help it campaign against the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Bill, which will change regulations on vaping and heated tobacco products. The bill was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives in January but has not yet been sent to the president’s office.

27th June 2022 - Asia, Bangladesh |

Bangladesh: A proposed amendment to the Smoking and Using of Tobacco Products (Control) Act entails a ban on production, import, and sales of e-cigarettes and nicotine pouches, media reports. A consultation on the proposal is open until 14th July.

23rd June 2022 - Asia, South Korea |

South Korea: E-cigarette health warnings remain unchanged following a decision by the National Health Promotion Policy Deliberative Committee to change pictorial warnings on tobacco products.

23rd June 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |

Kazakhstan: The Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament, has approves a bill to introduce changes to the Tax Code, media reports. It would increase the tax rate on nicotine e-liquids to KZT53 ($0.12) per ml from 1st January 2023 and to KZT55 from 1st January 2024. The bill will now go to president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev for signature. The recent call for a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes has not led so far to any legislative moves.

23rd June 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |

Kazakhstan: The concept of harm reduction, as well as the regulation of new nicotine products, has been discussed at the first Eurasian nicotine forum in the capital, Nur-Sultan, media reports. The forum was attended by scientists, doctors, representatives of leading tobacco firms and interest groups.

17th June 2022 - Asia, Israel |
Israel: The Ministry of Finance has signed a new order imposing a tax on e-liquids. This comes right after the order introduced in November 2021 establishing a tax for e-liquids and disposable e-cigarettes expired without being approved by the Knesset (Israeli unicameral legislature). The new order establishes a tax on e-liquids of 182% of the common wholesale price, plus ILS5.51 ($1.49) per ml, though the total tax amount must not exceed ILS10.56 ($3.05) per ml. The previous tax on e-liquids amounted to 243% of the common wholesale price, plus ILS7.34 ($2.12), as long as the total amount did not exceed ILS14.08 ($4.07). Disposable e-cigarettes will be subject to the same tax they were previously subject to – 270% of the common wholesale price, plus ILS8.16 ($2.36) per ml, as long as the total amount does not exceed ILS15.64 ($4.52). The order, which has already entered into force, will have to be approved by the Knesset.
15th June 2022 - Asia, China |

China: The national Unified e-cigarette trading platform was launched today. As explained in our report on Chinese regulation, the platform will hold information on licensed operators and all products sold domestically, as well as those intended for export after they are reviewed by the tobacco administration.

15th June 2022 - Asia, Israel |

Israel: An order introduced in November 2021, establishing a tax on e-liquids, has expired without being approved by the Knesset (parliament), meaning no such tax will be imposed, press reports. The full Knesset yesterday rejected the Finance Committee’s proposal to reduce the proposed excise duty by 10% to 243% of the common wholesale price.

15th June 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |

Kazakhstan: An online petition against a possible ban on the sale and use of e-cigarettes has so far been signed by 6,772 people, with 5,990 in support. The rapidly-growing petition comes in response to a proposal by the leader of the National Coalition for a smoke-free Kazakhstan that a ban on e-cig sales should be added to the Health Code.

14th June 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling recognising the regulatory authority of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over tobacco products. The Philippine Tobacco Institute had argued that tobacco regulation should be in the hands of the Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco (IAC-Tobacco). The FDA and DOH are the current regulatory authorities for heated tobacco and e-cigarettes.

13th June 2022 - Asia, Uzbekistan |

Uzbekistan: The Senate has rejected a bill to restrict distribution and use of alcohol and tobacco products, saying it needs to be clarified and improved, press reports. The bill, which covers all tobacco and nicotine products, including vaping and heat-not-burn (HnB) products, will be presented again at the next full session of the Senate after the lower house, the Legislative Chamber, considers the shortcomings pinpointed by senators.

9th June 2022 - Asia, China |
China (Macau): Today, the Legislative Council of Macau supported the government amendment to the New Tobacco Control Law, which prohibits the manufacture, import and export of electronic cigarettes. Until now, sales have been forbidden, while limited imports for personal use have been allowed.
9th June 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: Following the call from medical groups for president Rodrigo Duterte to veto the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation bill, health secretary Francisco Duque III said that the end goal is that the bill will not be enacted into law. “We will just have to wait what happens next, but I doubt that the President will even sign that bill,” he said in a forum held yesterday (8th June). The bill was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives in January but has not yet been sent to the president's office.
9th June 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |
Kazakhstan: The Mazhilis (lower chamber) of the Parliament adopted a bill in the second reading to introduce changes to the Tax Code, media reports. The bill aims to increase the tax rate for nicotine liquid in cartridges, reservoirs and other containers for use in e-cigarettes to KZT53 ($0.12) per ml as of 1st January 2023 and to KZT55 ($0.13) as of 1st January 2024. The bill is now to be sent to the Senate for further procedure. In addition, the leader of the national coalition "For a smoke-free Kazakhstan" Jamila Sadykova has proposed introducing a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to the Health Code, media reports. However, no legislative moves have been made.
8th June 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: Several medical groups renewed their call for president Rodrigo Duterte to veto the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Bill, press reports. The bill was approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives in January and, as of 8th June 2022, has not yet reached the president’s office, according to the information provided to ECigIntelligence by a spokesperson for the president. Duterte’s term ends on 30th June.
3rd June 2022 - Asia, China |
China: Today, 3rd June, the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration published a Q&A about the implementation of the new rules. It states that the licensing of different operators in the vaping sector is going smoothly and that the national platform for e-cigarette management will be launched on 15th June. It reiterated that e-cigarettes with flavours other than tobacco won't pass a technical review and that the relevant state departments are advancing in their research of possible vaping tax policies.
2nd June 2022 - Asia, Israel |
Israel: The Knesset (parliament) has given the final approval to the Bill on Restriction on Advertising and Marketing of Tobacco and Smoking Products. This new regulation will progressively restrict the only permitted forms of advertising e-cigarettes: written advertisements. In the first stage, over the next three years, print media adverts will have to carry a bigger health warning, doubling the size of the ad itself. Once this three-year period comes to an end, the maximum advert size will be reduced by 25% each year over the following four years. Once the four-year period is over (which would be seven years from now), printed advertisements for those products will be completely banned.
2nd June 2022 - Asia, Israel |
Israel: The deadline for submitting the advertising expenses report and the ingredients report to the general manager of the Ministry of Health has expired. By 1st June every year, manufacturers and importers of tobacco products are required to send a report listing all expenses for allowed forms of advertising incurred in the previous year. Also, they must send a separate report listing the ingredients in the product and their quantities and purposes.
2nd June 2022 - Asia, United Arab Emirates |
United Arab Emirates: The Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday, 1st June, the application of Law 15/2009 on Tobacco Control and its executive regulations on e-cigarettes, as previously noted in our latest regulatory report. The ministry further stressed the prohibition to vape in offices and closed public spaces, and said that it is working, in cooperation with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, to crack down on websites that promote and sell e-cigarettes to under-18s.
2nd June 2022 - Asia, Israel |
Israel: The Finance Committee of the Knesset (parliament) has approved a reduction in the excise duty on e-liquids. The new order establishes that e-liquids will be subject to a purchase tax of 243% of the usual wholesale price plus ILS7.34 ($2.20) per ml, which in any case will not be less than ILS14.08 ($4.20) per ml. With the previous order, e-liquids were subject to an excise duty amounting to 270% of the wholesale price plus ILS8.16 ($2.45) per ml. There will be no changes for disposable e-cigarettes.
2nd June 2022 - Asia, Indonesia |
Indonesia: The deputy minister of health said on 31st May, in the context of World No Tobacco Day: “E-cigarette smoking is as dangerous as conventional smoking. There is no difference in the risks of conventional smoking and e-cigarettes, both of which are equally dangerous.” The deputy minister also released the results of the 2021 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), which show an increase in Indonesia’s vaping population from 0.3% in 2011 to 3% in 2021. 
1st June 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The deputy minister of health said yesterday, 31st May, that the bill banning the sales of vaping products to anyone born after 2005, which we previously reported on, has been brought to state lawyers for approval before it is tabled in the parliament in July, press reports. The deputy minister asked for unanimous support for the bill from all MPs when it is tabled.
30th May 2022 - Asia, China |
China: On 27th May, the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration and the General Office of the State Administration for Market Regulation issued the Notice on Regulating the Inspection and Testing of Electronic Cigarettes, media reports. The document regulates that the labs undertaking e-cigarette testing must have certification for inspection and testing institutions. The accreditation is organised and implemented by the State Administration for Market Regulation and the market supervision department in the province/city.
26th May 2022 - Asia, China |
China: The Tobacco Monopoly Bureau in Tianjin, one of the largest cities in China, has banned e-cigarette sales in places that are likely to attract minors, including, but not limited to children’s stores, toy stores, playgrounds, child-care institutions, social welfare institutions, museums, galleries, public sports venues, off-campus training institutions, etc. Moreover, e-cigarettes may not be sold in shops that are not directly or indirectly related to these products, including, but not limited to stores selling electronics, medical and beauty products, clothing, jewellery, instruments, building materials, pet products, etc.
26th May 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |
Kazakhstan: Yesterday (25th May), during the plenary session of the Mazhilis (lower chamber) of the Parliament, the minister of national economy, Alibek Kuantirov, presented a bill to introduce changes to the tax code, media reports. The bill aims to increase the tax rate for nicotine liquid in cartridges, reservoirs and other containers for use in e-cigarettes to KZT53 ($0.12) per ml as of 1st January 2023 and to KZT55 ($0.13) as of 1st January 2024. Reportedly, the bill has passed the first reading in parliament.
26th May 2022 - Asia, Hong Kong |
Hong Kong: Hong Kong Customs has announced results of a special enforcement operation against alternative smoking products. The authority cracked down on 46 cases involving heated tobacco and vapour products at Hong Kong International Airport, Shenzhen Bay Control Point, and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Control Point. About 360,000 suspected products with an estimated market value of more than $10m were seized by Customs officers. The maximum penalty is a $50,000 fine and imprisonment for six months.
11th May 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: The first set of graphic health warning templates for electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco enters into force today. The templates are valid for a period of two years.
10th May 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: Candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is on the cusp of winning the presidential election, has previously opposed tobacco taxes, claiming they would slow down activities for producers, manufacturers and sellers. His sister, senator Imee Marcos, also opposed taxing e-cigs and heated tobacco in 2019. Official vote counting started today and is expected to go on for a few days, despite already showing Marcos with a commanding vote margin.
5th May 2022 - Asia, Mongolia |

Mongolia: Deputy finance minister Sanjaa Mungunchimeg has said a draft law to impose a tax on e-cigarettes is ready, press reports. She added that the bill would be submitted to Parliament and the government separately from the budget amendment that is currently under discussion.

5th May 2022 - Asia, Hong Kong |

Hong Kong: Hong Kong police have arrested two people for violating the ban on selling alternative smoking products. Officers seized 94 boxes of suspected nicotine-containing e-cigarette cartridges and 74 “smoking devices” during the operation in Mong Kok, press reports. They were reportedly the first arrests under the ban, which came into effect on Saturday.

3rd May 2022 - Asia, Thailand |

Thailand: Digital economy and society minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn has submitted a petition to the National Tobacco Products Control Committee calling on it to legalise e-cigarettes, press reports. Chaiwut said e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to traditional tobacco and should be regulated as cigarettes. He also highlighted that legalising them would bring in added tax revenue.

3rd May 2022 - Asia, Hong Kong |

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Customs reports a major operation to combat illicit heated tobacco and e-cigarettes, with products with an estimated market value of $15m seized in the past month. The Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 came into effect on Saturday, 30th April, banning production, import, sales and promotion of heat-not-burn (HnB) and vaping products, subject to a fine of up to $50,000 and up to six months’ jail.

2nd May 2022 - Asia, China |
China: The Administrative Measures for Electronic Cigarettes – which requires licensing of retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, and imposes a flavour ban on all flavours other than tobacco – entered into force on 1st May 2022.
2nd May 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: The Department of Health (DOH) reiterated its call for president Rodrigo Duterte to veto the proposed Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulations Act, press report. According to the authority, the approval of the bill is contrary to the president's position to protect the public from the effects of smoking and goes against the already existing laws. The bill was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives in January and is now waiting for the president’s signature.
25th April 2022 - Asia, Thailand |

Thailand: Health minister and deputy prime minister Anutin Charnvirakul has told the Thai Health Promotion Foundation that he will not support the legalisation of e-cigarettes, press reports. The minister has established a tobacco control panel under the Department of Disease Control to review the current regulations, in the belief that e-cigs have become popular with young people in Thailand.

25th April 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin reportedly said last week that the 15% import duty on nicotine gum products, to be imposed from 1st June, should either reduced or cancelled, describing them as a good smoking cessation tool. This liberal policy towards nicotine gum would be in contrast to the legal framework for nicotine-containing vaping products, marketing of which is currently subject to a pharmaceutical licence. The government is planning to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and tobacco products to anyone born after 2005.

22nd April 2022 - Asia, Taiwan |
Taiwan: Smoking and vaping advocates protested yesterday outside the country's parliament, expressing their dissatisfaction with the bill that would introduce a statutory ban on e-cigarettes and introduce stringent requirements on heated tobacco.
12th April 2022 - Asia, China |

China: The State Administration for Market Regulation and the National Standardisation Administration today published the approved mandatory national standard on e-cigarettes, which will be implemented from 1st October. Along the lines of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), the standard will impose a nicotine cap of 20 mg and limit the size of refills to 20 ml.

8th April 2022 - Asia, Myanmar |
Myanmar: From 10th April standardised packaging will be mandatory for almost all tobacco products. The regulation requires the outer surfaces of product packages to be presented in a standardised dull brown colour, and health warnings need to be printed on 75% of the front and back surfaces. Companies will have a 90-day transitional period. It is still not clear if harm-reduction products will have to comply or not with the new requirements.
7th April 2022 - Asia, Taiwan |

Taiwan: About 97% of parents who responded to a survey conducted by the National Alliance of Parents Organisations would like all novel tobacco products to be banned, along with e-cigarettes, press reports. The organisation estimated that 73,000 teenagers in Taiwan use e-cigarettes and "similar products". A bill to explicitly ban e-cigarettes and regulate heated tobacco is currently at the final enactment stage.

6th April 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: A bill banning sales of vaping products to anyone born after 2005 will be discussed tomorrow by a parliamentary Special Committee on Health, Science and Innovation before it is introduced to Parliament in July, press reports. Tomorrow's discussion will be the first of a series of committee proceedings to review the wording of the bill and its implementation plans, while taking into account the different views from all relevant parties.

5th April 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: The Ministry of Trade and Consumer Affairs today issued an order on Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking of Electronic Cigarette Device). The order, which will come into force on 3rd August, requires manufacturers and importers of e-cigarette devices and their components to apply to the testing and inspections agency SIRIM QAS International for a certificate of compliance with the Malaysian standard before placing them on the market. Each compliant product will then be marked as such. The order does not apply to e-liquids.

29th March 2022 - Asia, Thailand |
Thailand: The National Tobacco Products Control Commission has decided that the current ban on the import and sale of e-cigarettes will not be lifted, saying this is in order to protect the lives of Thai people. According to the authority’s statement, the National Statistical Office’s 2021 Tobacco Consumption Survey found that 78,742 people over the age of 15 vape. The survey broke that down to show that there are 71,486 male vapers and 7,256 female vapers, most of whom live in Bangkok.
29th March 2022 - Asia, Bahrain |
Bahrain: The Council of Representatives has recommended the approval of the ban on import, distribution, sales and manufacturing of electronic cigarettes, press reports.
23rd March 2022 - Mongolia |

Mongolia: The government has decided to submit changes to the Law on Tobacco Control by June and propose an e-cigarette tax, press reports.

18th March 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: The Department of Education has backed the Department of Health in appealing to president Rodrigo Duterte to veto the proposed Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act. According to the department, the bill weakens the existing laws on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco, especially when lowering the restriction age from 21 to 18. The bill was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives in January and is now waiting for the president’s signature.
17th March 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: Contrary to what was expected, the minister of health tweeted today, 17th March: “God willing, the Bill [banning the sales of vaping products to anyone born after 2005] will be tabled in July and get bipartisan support.” The minister himself previously announced that the bill would be introduced in the first session of the Dewan Rakyat (lower parliamentary chamber), which runs from 28th February to 24th March.
14th March 2022 - Asia, China |
China: The electronic cigarette standard has been changed following consultation throughout December 2021 and January 2022, as announced by the standardisation authority. A new draft is now open for comments. Per our report, the e-cigarette standard will regulate product restrictions, test methods, packaging, labelling, storage, and transportation of electronic cigarettes.
14th March 2022 - Asia, China |
China: The proposed Administrative Measures for Electronic Cigarettes released in December 2021 are now confirmed and will start applying on 1st May 2022. The regulation stipulates a ban on e-liquid flavours except tobacco flavour. In addition, manufacturers of e-cigs, atomisers, and  nicotine, as well as wholesale and retail operators must obtain tobacco monopoly licences and conduct transactions through the national e-cigarette management platform.
14th March 2022 - Armenia, Asia |
Armenia: Recently, the National Assembly adopted the amendment to the law “on reduction and prevention of health damage as a result of the use of tobacco products and their substitutes”. The aim of the amendment was to include minor corrections to the definition of “tobacco substitute”. “Tobacco substitute” was previously defined as a non-tobacco product, electronically operated (cartridge or container), by which a solution containing nicotine, propylene glycol or glycerol, or in some cases also various flavours, is evaporated. With the new amendment, the word “mixture” is added after the word “solution”.  The amendment enters into force tomorrow, 15th March.
11th March 2022 - Armenia, Asia |
Armenia: At a special 9th March sitting, the National Assembly adopted the law “on reduction and prevention of health damage as a result of the use of tobacco products and their substitutes”. The aim of the amendment was to include minor corrections to the definition of “tobacco substitute”. However, the adopted version is not yet publicly available.
11th March 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |
Kazakhstan: Disposable e-cigarettes will not be banned in Kazakhstan yet, media reports. According to the reports, the Ministry of Health has decided to exclude this provision from the draft national technical regulation for nicotine-containing products, which has been in development in Kazakhstan since autumn 2021, but has not yet been adopted.
7th March 2022 - Asia, South Korea |
South Korea: A court has decided that the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety shall publish data behind the claims that some e-cigarettes contain ingredients that can cause severe lung disease, press reports. Prior to the court proceedings, the Electronic Cigarette Association had asked the Ministry to disclose this information, yet that request was rejected by the authority.
7th March 2022 - Asia, Vietnam |
Vietnam: Answering the request of the Ministry of Finance to evaluate the current tax policies, the Vietnam Federation of Trade and Industry suggested adding new-generation tobacco products to the Value-Added Tax bill. E-cigarettes are currently not regulated in the country.
4th March 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The minister of health said yesterday that the bill banning the sales of vaping products to anyone born after 2005, which we previously reported on, still has to undergo several additional engagement sessions with NGOs and industry players before being tabled in the parliament. The minister expressed his intention to present the bill to parliament during its first sitting, which runs until 24th March, but also acknowledged the possibility of tabling the bill in the next sitting, which will take place between June and July of this year.
1st March 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The first sitting of the Dewan Rakyat (Malaysian lower parliamentary chamber) in which the bill banning the sales of vaping products to anyone born after 2005 that we previously reported on is expected to be introduced by the Ministry of Health started today and running until 24th March. Although the bill has not been listed in today’s agenda nor has it been mentioned in the King’s Speech opening ceremony, the Ministry has until 24th March to introduce the bill. However, the longer the Ministry delays the tabling of the bill, the less likely it is to pass, as the time needed to debate it and propose any significant amendments will be increasingly reduced.
28th February 2022 - Asia, China |
China: Following the central government’s announcement on ending e-cigarette sales to minors, a market supervision authority in Tianjin, a northeastern city with 13.8m residents, has increased the oversight of the ban on e-cigarette sales to minors, media reports. The authority will cover both traditional and online retail channels and block access to the latter.
28th February 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |
Kazakhstan: The chair of the State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan answered the question on the procedure for the import, customs clearance, and sale of e-cigarettes imported from China into the territory of Kazakhstan. The answer is: behind the paywall.
24th February 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |
Kazakhstan: The Ministry of Health has confirmed to ECigIntelligence that the maximum level of nicotine content in e-liquids is 1 mg/ml. Laboratory tests on the maximum permissible content of nicotine should be carried out by labs in Kazakhstan. However, currently there is no certified method for determining the nicotine content in e-liquids, and,  thus, testing labs in Kazakhstan currently do not carry out these tests.
17th February 2022 - Asia, China |

China: The market administration of Changsha, a city of 8m people in Hunan province, has issued a notice alerting the public to last November’s national legislative changes. Tobacco operators and advertising agencies are reminded that it is illegal to advertise e-cigarettes online, in mass media, newspapers, radio or television. The notice says: “Advertisements promoting product names, trademarks, packaging, branding and similar features of electronic cigarettes must be immediately removed.”

17th February 2022 - Asia |

Armenia: A technical regulation on the safety of nicotine-containing e-liquids came into force on 11th February. The regulation introduces certain product, labelling, storage and transportation requirements, as well as conformity assessment procedures. It sets a maximum nicotine content for e-liquids of 20 mg /ml.

16th February 2022 - Asia, Thailand |

Thailand: The government has approved a draft National Tobacco Control Plan for 2022-2027. Despite recent advocacy efforts towards legalising e-cigarettes and novel tobacco products, no such move is foreseen in the the plan. In January the Digital Economy and Society Ministry reportedly established a working group tasked with exploring possible legalisation of e-cigarettes.