Belgium: The Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment has told ECigIntelligence that the draft 2022-2028 Strategy for a Tobacco-Free Generation will be voted on on 14th December by an interministerial conference on public health made up of federal and regional ministers. The plan, which covers vaping, sets several objectives, including keeping the tobacco industry out of the preparation and implementation of public health policies; improving health promotion policies; a ban on vending machines; tighter restrictions on long-distance sales and advertising; and improving the make-up of vapour products.
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Belgium: Health minister Frank Vandenbroucke has proposed a ban on vending machines in bars, restaurants and catering facilities selling any kind of vaping or tobacco products, allowing them only in supermarkets. The bill is moving forward and has been voted on at its first reading.
Belgium: The government was today presenting its 2023 Budget, which was expected to include further increases in excise duty on tobacco products over the next two years and a vapour products tax to start in 2024, media reports.
Belgium: The Superior Health Council has issued a report on the evolution of e-cigarettes, saying they are less harmful than traditional cigarettes and can be used as a smoking cessation tool – though it stresses that they are not risk-free. The council recommends the government to draw up a list of prohibited additives in e-liquids, extend the notification obligation to nicotine-free vapes, and introduce health warnings for nicotine-free e-cigarettes. It advises against introducing a flavour ban, which it says would be counterproductive, discouraging those who have switched from smoking to vaping.
Belgium: The Federal Public Health Service (FPS) for Health, Food Chain Safety and the Environment has told ECigIntelligence that the draft 2022-2028 Interfederal Strategy for a Tobacco-Free Generation presented last week at the Interministerial Conference on Public Health (CIM Santé) will be supplemented by a series of operational objectives and the goal is to have a complete strategy adopted in autumn.
Belgium: The General Drug Policy Unit (CGPD) yesterday presented the draft of the 2022-2028 Strategy for a Tobacco-Free Generation during an interministerial conference on public health. The plan, which includes vaping, sets several objectives, such as: removing tobacco industry interference from the preparation and implementation of public health policies, improving health promotion policies, a ban on vending machines, tightening restrictions on long-distance sales and advertising, and improving the make-up of vapour products.