As of February 2022, subscribers can view and filter individual regulatory alerts per region. If you want to get our monthly compilations, visit our alerts round-up section.

27th January 2023 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The Ministry of Finance told ECigIntelligence today that the excise duty applicable to nicotine-containing e-liquids – which was suspended in December 2021 by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department – is still suspended as of today, and will remain so until the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 is approved by Parliament. The bill, which needs to be reintroduced to Parliament by the new minister of health, proposes a ban on the sale and usage of vapour products to those born on or after 1st January 2007.
27th January 2023 - Europe, Russia |
Russia: A bill has been signed today by the president that increases the excise rates for e-liquids and omits the excise tax for vaping devices, media reports. The provisions will enter into force on 1st March 2023. The increase will be from RUB18 (€0.24) to RUB20 (€0.28) per ml in 2023, with further increases in 2024 and 2025.
27th January 2023 - Europe, Germany |
Germany: The federal drug commissioner, Burkhard Blienert, has called for stricter rules on the advertising of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and heated tobacco, press reports. Blienert said that the products should be banned from social media, the internet, TV and radio. For e-cigarettes and heated tobacco in particular, he supported a ban on colourful advertising at kiosks, supermarkets and fuel stations.
27th January 2023 - Denmark, Europe |
Denmark: Since June 2022, there have been 106 reports of illegal sales of disposable e-cigarettes, and 522 social media profiles have been closed, according to the Danish Safety Agency. These related to the sale of flavoured disposables, which, aside from tobacco and menthol, are prohibited in Denmark.
26th January 2023 - Europe, Russia |
Russia: On 18th January the State Duma chairman Vyacheslav Volodin instructed relevant committees to study the possibility of banning e-cigarettes in Russia. A survey indicates that such a policy would be supported by 68% of respondents, while only 14% would be against it.
26th January 2023 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: In December 2022, the port officers in Kent seized 315,920 illegal e-cigarettes in eight consignments, following referrals from the UK Border Agency. The estimated market value of products is more than £3m. Over the summer of 2022, the team intercepted 7,500 products, which suggests a sharp rise in illicit e-cigarettes entering the country.
26th January 2023 - Asia, Indonesia |
Indonesia: Vice president Ma'ruf Amin said today that the effects of e-cigarettes would be reviewed and, if proven to be harmful to public health, they would be banned by the government, press reports.
26th January 2023 - Asia, Indonesia |
Indonesia: The minister of health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, said yesterday that regulations for e-cigarettes are still being discussed across ministries, press reports. The minister highlighted that vaping products cannot be considered a substitute for traditional tobacco products, and that they are considered to target children due to their attractive flavours.
26th January 2023 - North America, United States |
US - General: British American Tobacco (BAT) will appeal the marketing denial orders (MDOs) for its Vuse Vibe Tank Menthol 3.0% and Vuse Ciro Cartridge Menthol 1.5%, the applications for which were denied by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 24th January. Several Vuse Vibe, Vuse Ciro and Vuse Solo products in original flavours were previously authorised by the FDA, but the menthol-flavoured products remained pending. “We believe that menthol vapour products are critical to helping adult smokers migrate away from combustible cigarettes," a BAT spokesperson stated. "FDA’s decision, if allowed to go into effect, will harm, not benefit, public health."
25th January 2023 - North America, United States |
US - General: New warning letters have been sent out by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to e-liquid manufacturers for manufacturing/selling/distributing e-liquid products without a marketing authorisation order; a couple of the letters also included a warning that tobacco products sold to individuals under 21 are misbranded.
25th January 2023 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Yesterday, 24th January, Durham Police announced the first results of Operation Autumn, undertaken together with Trading Standards officers to combat illegal sales. Non-compliant e-cigarettes worth more than £37,000 have been seized from different stores. The premises were all visited following complaints from members of the public. All traders were given advice on the law, particularly in relation to underage sales and reminded of their obligations, the announcement states. The enforcement action will last a few months.
25th January 2023 - Europe, Russia |
Russia: Today, the Federation Council (upper chamber of the parliament) approved a bill increasing the excise rates for e-liquids and omitting the excise tax for vaping devices, media reports. If signed by the president, the provisions would enter into force on 1st March 2023. The increase would be from RUB18 (€0.24) to RUB20 (€0.27) per ml in 2023, with a further increase in 2024 and 2025.
25th January 2023 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: Health advocacy groups have expressed their support for House Bill 5532, which aims to raise taxes on e-cigarettes, press reports. The bill was presented by representative Joey Salceda of the majority bloc Lakas-CMD party and proposes an increase to PHP60 ($1.05) per ml for nicotine salt, plus an ad valorem tax at 20% of the net retail price and a specific tax of PHP20 ($0.34) per device. The bill is pending in the Ways and Means Committee.
25th January 2023 - Africa, Egypt |
Egypt: In a televised interview, Ahmed Abdel-Maged, secretary of the Senate's Health Committee, said that e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking. He said tobacco companies mislead the public by marketing them as healthy alternatives to smoking, while they are equally dangerous as the inhaled vapour contains nicotine, which is addictive. Earlier this week, a bill was submitted to the Senate’s Health Committee to expand usage restrictions on e-cigarettes and to ban vaping in universities and schools in order to curb their widespread use by youth.
24th January 2023 - North America, United States |

US - Federal: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied RJ Reynolds Vapor Company permission to continue selling two menthol e-cigarette products in the US. The agency issued marketing denial orders (MDOs) today against the Vuse Vibe Tank Menthol 3.0% and the Vuse Ciro Cartridge Menthol 1.5%. Brian King, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), said: “The applications for these products did not present sufficient scientific evidence to show that the potential benefit to adult smokers outweighs the risks of youth initiation and use.”

24th January 2023 - Hawaii, North America, United States |
US - HawaiiHouse Bill (HB) 1076 has been introduced. This bill would ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products and mislabelled e-liquid products. E-cigarettes and any nicotine-containing products would be included in the definition of tobacco products for the purposes of this bill.
24th January 2023 - Europe, Russia |
Russia: Today the Federation Council (upper chamber of the parliament) Committee on Economic Policy supported a bill increasing the excise rates for e-liquids and omitting the excise tax for vaping devices, media reports. The Federation Council will consider the bill during its first spring session meeting tomorrow (25th January). If approved and then signed by the president, the provisions would be in force as of 1st March 2023. The increase would be from RUB18 (€0.24) per ml to RUB20 (€0.28) per ml this year, with further increases in 2024 and 2025.
24th January 2023 - England, Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Illegal e-cigarettes worth £107,000 have been seized in London, said Adam Hug, leader of Westminster City Council.
24th January 2023 - Europe, Italy |
Italy: Vape consumer association ANPVU sent a letter to the Minister of Health asking to establish a technical committee composed of regulatory authorities and industry members in order to re-evaluate the current framework and the tax regime of e-cigarettes.
23rd January 2023 - North America, United States |

US - general: A US district judge has granted Juul Labs preliminary court approval of a $255m settlement resolving claims by consumers that it deceptively marketed e-cigarettes, Reuters reports. Judge William Orrick said the deal to settle almost 10,000 lawsuits filed by local governments across the US seemed “fair and reasonable.” He must still give final approval to the deal.

23rd January 2023 - Africa, Tunisia |

Tunisia: E-cigarette importers and manufacturers have until 13th December to place a health warning on their products. Last year, the health ministry imposed health warnings covering 70% of the packaging, with an original deadline of 21st January 2023. Since 2014, e-cigarettes are treated as a tobacco product and subject to the monopoly of the National Administration of Tobacco and Matches.

23rd January 2023 - North America, Oregon, United States |

US - Oregon: House Bill 3090 has been introduced, which would ban the sale of flavoured “tobacco products”, including e-cigarettes, containing either natural or synthetic nicotine.

23rd January 2023 - Asia, Indonesia |
Indonesia: The Directorate General of Customs and Excise has revealed how much revenue was collected from e-cigarette and heated tobacco excise duty in 2022, press reports. A total of IDR1.02tn ($68m) included IDR627.11bn ($42m) from open-system e-cigarettes, IDR119.47bn ($8m) from closed-system e-cigarettes, and IDR271.93bn ($18m) from heated tobacco products. The total revenue collected from tobacco and related products was IDR218.62tn ($14.57bn), of which e-cigs and heated tobacco accounted for just 0.4%.
23rd January 2023 - Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom |

UK - Scotland: The Scottish government has commissioned an urgent evidence review on the environmental impact of disposable e-cigarettes, which could lead to a ban. Other approaches to be considered may include increasing access to responsible disposal options, improved product design, or public communications campaigns. Circular economy minister Lorna Slater said: “Not only are single-use vapes bad for public health, they are also bad for the environment.” The review will influence the new tobacco action plan, which is due in the autumn.

23rd January 2023 - Europe, Lithuania |

Lithuania: The Consumer Rights Protection Service has imposed fines of €1,600 and €750 on two e-cigarette distributors for failing to specify all the chemical substances contained in their e-cig products.

20th January 2023 - Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom |
UK - Scotland: Yesterday (19th January) the health secretary, Humza Yousaf, said that the government is reviewing the evidence on e-cigarettes that will influence the tobacco action plan, which is due in autumn. He expressed his concern over under-age vapers, online advertising and the environmental impact of e-cigarettes. “Stakeholders with the relevant expertise should explore and examine a range of issues in relation to vaping, including a potential ban on disposable single-use vapes,” Yousaf said.
20th January 2023 - Bulgaria, Europe |
Bulgaria: Members of We Continue the Change, a centrist party with the second most seats in Parliament, have presented a bill to amend the Law on Tobacco and Tobacco Products. Among the measures proposed are an expansion of the prohibition of marketing and advertising, including the obligation of health warnings on advertisements. The bill would affect e-cigarette products.
20th January 2023 - Europe, Spain |
Spain: E-cigarette consumption is on the rise. According to the results of the Survey on Alcohol and Other Drugs, which is conducted by the Ministry of Health every two years, 12.1% of people between the ages of 15 and 64 have used e-cigarettes at least once. This percentage was 10.5% in 2020 and has nearly doubled since 2015, when it was 6.8%. E-cigarettes are most used among 15- to 24-year-olds.
20th January 2023 - Africa, Egypt |
Egypt: A bill presented by representative Mohamed Emara – secretary of the Youth and Sports Committee – will be discussed by the Senate health committee on Sunday, 22nd January. Among the provisions of the bill are expanding usage restrictions on e-cigarettes and banning vaping in universities and schools in order to curb their widespread use by youth, press reports.
20th January 2023 - Asia, Iraq |
Iraq: The public prosecutor of the Duhok Governorate in Kurdistan banned the use, sale and circulation of e-cigarettes, press reports. As a consequence of the decision, Farhad Ismail, director of the Prevention Department at the Duhok Health Directorate, reported to the press that these products spread at an alarming rate among youth, and that the ban came after long discussions about their adverse effects in the region.
20th January 2023 - North America, United States, Vermont |
US - Vermont: The state Senate has introduced bill S 18, which would prohibit the sale of flavoured tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and menthol tobacco products. The bill would also direct the office of the attorney general to report on the extent to which Vermont may legally restrict advertising and regulate labels for e-cigarettes and other vaping-related products.
20th January 2023 - North America, United States |
US - General: The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has granted Triton Distribution’s petition for a rehearing of its appeal of the FDA’s marketing denial orders (MDOs), according to a court order. The original Fifth Circuit three-judge panel ruled 2-1 in July 2022 to deny Triton’s appeal.
20th January 2023 - England, Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Two retailers in South Gloucestershire have been fined for selling illegal disposable e-cigarettes. Prosecution started last year when Trading Standards officers found and seized products with up to seven times the 2 ml legal limit of nicotine-containing e-liquid in one of the stores. The combined total of fines, costs and surcharges comes to £10,786.
20th January 2023 - Europe, Germany |
Germany: The German Medical Association has called on the federal government to expand the planned ban of heated tobacco flavour to e-cigarettes. This comes after the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) published a draft of the third amendment to the Tobacco Products Law, which will transpose the flavour ban for heated tobacco products imposed by EU Directive 2022/2100. According to the association, the aim is to make e-cigarettes less attractive to young people and other non-smokers and smokers. The draft has not yet been sent to Parliament.
19th January 2023 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: More than 60% of Trading Standards officers say their biggest worry is shops selling illicit e-cigarettes or selling vaping products to children, according to research by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI). The CTSI says there has been a surge in illegal sales of e-cigs by specialist vape shops, convenience stores and corner shops over the past year, with more than 1.4 tonnes of illegal vapes seized in the last six months of 2022 in the northeast of England alone.

US - New York: Senate Bill S2133 has been introduced. It would ban the sale of e-cigarettes that contain certain toxic metals, and require the state Department of Health to study the long-term health effects of vaping.

18th January 2023 - Europe, Italy |

Italy: Health minister Orazio Schillaci told a meeting of the Chamber of Deputies Social Affairs Committee that he intends to update the anti-smoking law by extending the smoking ban to public places frequented by children and pregnant women, eliminating smoking rooms in public places, and equating vaping with smoking. A bill to that effect may be introduced in Parliament soon.

18th January 2023 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Asked about the implementation of further tobacco harm reduction strategies, junior health minister Neil O’Brien said yesterday the government currently had no such plans.

18th January 2023 - Europe, Russia |

Russia: Vyacheslav Volodin, chairman of the State Duma, parliament’s lower chamber, today reportedly instructed the relevant committees to study the possibility of a total ban on e-cigarettes and to put forward proposals on the issue. Meanwhile, the Duma fully adopted the government’s plan to scrap the tax on e-cigarette devices while raising the excise tax on e-liquids from RUB18 (€0.24) per ml to RUB20 (€0.27) per ml on 1st March, with further rises in 2024 and 2025. The proposal still has to pass the upper chamber and the Federation Council, and be signed by president Vladimir Putin.

18th January 2023 - Hawaii, North America, United States |

US - Hawaii: Senate Bill 148 has been introduced, which would prohibit the sale or furnishing of a tobacco product or e-cigarette to anyone born on or after 1st January 2003.

18th January 2023 - Australasia, Australia |

Australia: The Australian Heart Foundation has called for an import ban on e-cigarettes. In a submission to a public consultation by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the foundation said that e-cigarettes, with or without nicotine, should be declared “prohibited imports”. It also said the TGA should ban all e-liquid flavours other than tobacco, reduce the nicotine concentration, and establish labelling and packaging requirements.

18th January 2023 - Asia, United Arab Emirates |

United Arab Emirates (UAE): The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology has told ECigIntelligence that a new fee is now being charged to issue the conformity certificates for regulated products. The fee is AED670 ($182) for the certificate and AED620 ($169) for the technical review of documents. It now takes one and a half working days to resolve an application instead of three, and applications are submitted per model type or per stock keeping unit (SKU).

18th January 2023 - Africa, South Africa |

South Africa: The National Treasury has put into effect the Taxation Laws Amendment Act, introducing a flat excise duty rate of ZAR2.90 ($0.17) per ml for both nicotine and non-nicotine vaping products. The tax will come into force on 1st June.

17th January 2023 - Canada, North America |

Canada: In a statement on National Non-Smoking Week, health minister Jean-Yves Duclos said quitting can be achieved by combining supports and tools, such as a quit coach or using approved nicotine replacement therapies such as gums, patches and lozenges, medication, or other less harmful sources of nicotine. He also said evidence suggests that while e-cigarettes are not harmless, vaping exposes smokers to lower levels of harmful chemicals than continuing to smoke.

17th January 2023 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: In answer to a parliamentary question, junior environment minister Rebecca Pow said the government had no information on the value of payments made by e-cigarette importers and manufacturers each year to finance the cost of collection and treatment of disposed-of products. “Such matters would be determined by the contractual arrangements between individual obligated businesses and the Producer Compliance Scheme, approved under the regulations, to which they belong to discharge their obligations," Pow told shadow environment minister Ruth Jones.

17th January 2023 - Montana, North America, United States |

US - Montana: Bill LC 1075, which would generally revise alternative nicotine and vapour product laws relating to tobacco, is currently being drafted.

17th January 2023 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: In answer to a parliamentary question about when the new tobacco control plan and a response to the Khan review would be published, junior health minister Neil O’Brien said Khan’s recommendations were being considered and that further information would be available “in due course”. In the past few months, no official has denied reports that the new plan may not get published under the current government or said when it would be published. This suggests no changes to the alternative tobacco products regime can be expected within the next few years.

17th January 2023 - Paraguay, South America |

Paraguay: Opposition senator Pedro Santa Cruz has written to president Mario Abdo Benítez urging him to increase the tax on e-liquids from 20% to 22% of the wholesale price, with proceeds to go to the National Cancer Institute (Incan).

17th January 2023 - Europe, Russia |

Russia: The State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes has backed the government’s tax amendments, media reports. If they are finally adopted, excise tax on e-cigarette devices will reportedly be scrapped, while the tax on e-liquids will rise on 1st March from RUB18 (€0.24) to RUB20 (€0.27) per ml, with further increases in 2024 and 2025.

16th January 2023 - Belgium, Europe |
Belgium: The Ministry of Health enacted a Royal Decree amending the Royal Decree of 28th October 2016 relating to the manufacture and placing on the market of electronic cigarettes. The new decree equates nicotine-free vapour products with nicotine-containing ones, especially in terms of product restrictions, notification, and labelling and packaging. It also increases notification fees to €200, and introduces a fee of €100 for every substantial modification and a fee of €50 for the market data notification. The new decree will enter into force on 11th July 2023.