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From 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.

24th November 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |

Kazakhstan: Following a recent proposal to ban vapour products, the harm reduction association Densaulyk says not all e-cigarettes should be banned, but only disposables, which it says are “the main threat”, media reports.

31st October 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |
Kazakhstan: The period for providing feedback on the proposal "on Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Health Issues", which proposes to ban the circulation of e-cigarettes in Kazakhstan, ends today, 31st October.
19th October 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |

Kazakhstan: A bill that would change the law on a number of health issues, including banning the circulation of e-cigarettes in Kazakhstan, has been posted for public consultation until 31st October.

14th October 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |
Kazakhstan: The League of Consumers of Kazakhstan held a round table that brought together representatives of all interested parties and government agencies to discuss the voluntary National Standard for E-Liquids that has been in force since July 2022 (ST RK 3767-202), media reports. The League believes there are still a lot of things that need to be done with regard to the regulation of vapes, emphasising that only through joint efforts can this issue be resolved in a timely and effective manner.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.