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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.

3rd October 2022 - Brazil, South America |
BrazilNone of the presidential candidates achieved the majority needed to win the election in the first round yesterday (2nd October). The second round, which will take place on 30th October, will decide between the current president Jair Bolsonaro (43% votes) from the right-wing Liberal Party, and Luis Inácio Lula da Silva (48% votes) from the left-wing Workers' Party. Although neither candidate has expressed their opinion towards new products, both parties have defended strict policies regarding tobacco regulation, as shown in our Policy Radar.
5th September 2022 - Brazil, South America |

Brazil: Stefania Piras, general manager of tobacco products inspection for the National Public Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), has defended the national ban on e-cigarettes and said use in the country is still low, press reports. The Anvisa board voted unanimously in July to maintain the existing ban on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco. The agency is still discussing whether a new draft regulation will go out to public consultation.

1st September 2022 - Brazil, South America |

Brazil: The Ministry of Justice has ordered 31 companies to stop selling e-cigarettes within 48 hours or face a daily fine of BRL5,000 ($960). Although the National Public Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) has already banned e-cigs, the ministry has seen evidence of them being sold with the appearance of legality.

26th August 2022 - Colombia, South America |
Colombia: Julián Peinado, the representative from the Colombian Liberal Party, has introduced in the Chamber of Representatives a bill that would regulate e-cigarettes. The bill aims to equate these products with tobacco products. If passed, the bill will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and will subject them to packaging and labelling restrictions, including the duty to carry a health warning. The bill also proposes banning the sponsoring of sports and cultural events. The Colombian Liberal Party currently holds 32 seats out of 188 in the Chamber of Representatives, which makes it the party with the highest number of seats.
26th August 2022 - Colombia, South America |
Colombia: The government is planning to impose a tax on e-cigarettes, press reports. The economic commissions of the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate have met with the minister of finance, José Antonio Ocampo, this week to discuss the details of the tax. This tax is being considered together with tax amendments in other areas, but no further details about the tax rate or possible tax system have been revealed so far. The government plans to have the tax approved by the end of the year. Representative Milena Jarava from the liberal party Partido de la Unión de la Gente also proposed establishing a tax on the advertising of e-cigarettes on social media.
26th August 2022 - Chile, South America |
Chile: On 30th August, the Health Committee of the Chamber of Deputies is set to discuss Bill 12694-11, which was introduced in the legislative process in June 2019 to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for both nicotine-containing and nicotine-free vaping products. As we previously reported, the bill – which has Gabriel Boric's signature, Chile's president since March of this year – was scheduled to be discussed in the same Committee in previous meetings, which all failed to take place.

Americas: The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), which serves as regional office for the World Health Organization (WHO), has published a 148-page Report on Tobacco Control for the Region of the Americas 2022. The report considers the increasing availability of e-cigarettes as a challenge that impedes the progress of tobacco control. It says: “Terms such as reduced harm or reduced risk tend to confuse people and provide a false sense of security in circumstances where there is no scientific evidence to demonstrate that the consumption of so-called reduced-harm products is safe for health.” And it adds: “The main objective of the marketing strategies for these products is ultimately to attract new users while being able to satiate current tobacco users who wish to quit.”

17th August 2022 - Paraguay, South America |

Paraguay: The one-year period for companies to adapt to the requirements set out in Decision 153/2021 ended on 11th August. From now on, manufacturers and importers of e-cigarette products must comply with the notification requirements it lays down, and e-liquids exceeding the 20 mg/ml nicotine limit will not be allowed in the Paraguayan market.

17th August 2022 - Chile, South America |

Chile: Bill 12694-11 to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for vaping products, with and without nicotine, has recently been on the agenda of the Chamber of Deputies Health Committee, having been in the legislative process since June 2019. Though scheduled debates on 2nd, 9th and 16th August failed to take place, the mere fact of the bill’s first appearance on the agenda may suggest a willingness to start pushing it forward. One of the signatories to the bill, Gabriel Boric, became Chile’s president in March.

11th August 2022 - Colombia, South America |

Colombia: Julián Peinado of the Colombian Liberal Party will next week introduce in the Chamber of Representatives a bill to regulate e-cigarettes, equating them with tobacco products, press reports. If approved, the bill will ban sales to minors and introduce packaging and labelling restrictions, including a mandatory health warning, and ban sponsorship of sporting and cultural events. The Colombian Liberal Party is currently the largest party in the Chamber of Representatives, with 32 seats out of 188.

2nd August 2022 - Colombia, South America |

Colombia: The incoming government is planning to impose excise duty on e-liquids. President-elect Gustavo Petro and the National Federation of Departments (FND) have signed a document defining the working agenda for the next months, in which duty on e-liquids is labelled as a priority. No details of the rate or model to be imposed have been disclosed.

13th July 2022 - South America, Uruguay |

Uruguay: The Ministry of Education and Culture has approved the setting-up of the Association of Vapers of Uruguay (Asovape), which seeks to reduce smoking and regulate the consumption of e-cigarettes, press reports. The ministry said the association would “promote through education...the ways of reducing the harm associated with smoking”. The sale of e-cigarettes has been banned in Uruguay since 2009.

7th July 2022 - Brazil, South America |

Brazil: The board of the National Public Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) decided unanimously at an extraordinary meeting yesterday, 6th July, to maintain the existing ban on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco. The agency will now prepare a regulatory draft that will be sent to the body’s governing body, the college, for deliberation. The college will later decide whether or not to open the draft for a public consultation.

6th July 2022 - Brazil, South America |

Brazil: The National Public Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) was to discuss the regulation of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco in an extraordinary meeting today, 6th July. The public meeting was called to consider information and comments received during a public consultation, which closed on 10th June. In its preliminary report, published in April, the agency suggested that the existing ban should be maintained. No final decision is expected yet.

22nd June 2022 - Brazil, South America |
Brazil: The National Public Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) meeting scheduled for today, 22nd June, to discuss the regulation of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco has been cancelled. The subject will be deliberated in due course at the discretion of the Agency, further delaying a final decision.
16th June 2022 - Brazil, South America |
Brazil: The National Public Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) will discuss the regulation of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco at its next meeting, on 22nd June, when it will consider information and comments received during a public consultation, which closed on 10th June. No final decision is expected yet. In its preliminary report, published in April, the agency suggested that the existing ban should be maintained.
10th June 2022 - Brazil, South America |
Brazil: Today (10th June) is the deadline for sending technical and scientific information about e-cigarettes and heated tobacco to the National Public Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA). The agency is currently analysing the impact of regulation and published a report in April suggesting that the current prohibition should be maintained.
1st June 2022 - Paraguay, South America |
Paraguay: The director of the ministry of health’s National Program for the Control of Smoking and Chronic Respiratory Diseases urged the legislature yesterday, 31st May, for the enactment of a law that regulates the sales and usage of vaping products, press reports. The director alerted on widespread usage among teenagers and the large availability of these products, despite the ban to sell them to under-18s and their sale being allowed exclusively in retail points authorised by the National Health Surveillance Authority (DINAVISA).
23rd May 2022 - Colombia, South America |

Colombia: The Ministry of Health reports that between 2016 and 2021, smoking prevalence fell from 8.3% to 5.6%, a drop of 1m in the number of smokers. The ministry has not revealed figures for the number of users of e-cigarettes or heated tobacco.

9th May 2022 - Brazil, South America |
Brazil: In response to industry member requests, the National Public Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) has extended the deadline for receiving technical and scientific contributions about e-cigarettes and heated tobacco until 10th June. Previously, the agency published a report suggesting the current prohibition should be maintained, but any firm decisions will come later.
26th April 2022 - Brazil, South America |

Brazil: National Public Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) director Cristiane Jourdan has told media there is not yet enough evidence for the efficacy and safety of e-cigarettes or heated tobacco for them to be approved for use. However, she added that studies were at an early stage and that potential additional measures mentioned in the regulatory report published earlier this month, such as an advertising ban, were awaiting a final decision. ANVISA is taking technical and scientific evidence about the products until 11th May.

14th April 2022 - Chile, South America |

Chile: The Public Health Institute (ISP) has warned against the use of e-cigarettes, with a reminder that those containing nicotine are illegal in Chile as the ISP has not granted the required pharmaceutical status to any such product. The institute also says nicotine-free vaping products pose multiple health risks.

7th April 2022 - Brazil, South America |

Brazil: The National Public Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) will be receiving technical and scientific evidence about e-cigarettes and heated tobacco from 11th April to 11th May to help it analyse the impact of regulation. Any interested party can offer evidence. The agency has also published a report suggesting the current prohibition should be maintained, and that educational campaigns should be implemented, aimed particularly at young people. Any firm decisions will come later.

22nd March 2022 - Paraguay, South America |

Paraguay: The government is currently discussing with the Senate the immediate enactment of a bill that would increase the tax on e-liquids from 20% (in force since February) to 22%, press reports. The tax rise is in response to the government’s plan to subsidise oil in order to keep its price stable.