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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.

23rd November 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |

Ukraine: Bill 8215, which would ban the importation and transporting of tobacco products and e-liquids from Belarus during the period of martial law and/or the state of emergency, has been registered in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament), media reports. The bill would also prohibit the importing of products whose owner or ultimate beneficiary is a legal entity registered in Russia or Belarus, or anyone on whom sanctions have been applied. If adopted, the bill will come into force the day after it is published.

11th November 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |
Ukraine: An MP from the Servant of the People majority parliamentary faction submitted Bill 8174 "On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine and some legislative acts of Ukraine regarding the strengthening of control measures over the circulation of excise goods", media reports. Bill 8174 seeks, among other things, to postpone the entry into force of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)-like provisions of the Ukrainian tobacco legislation adopted last December, different provisions of which should enter into force between 12 and 18 months after its publication. It means that if this bill is adopted, the period of entry into force will be calculated not from the date of the publication of TPD-like provisions, but from the day following the end of the war in Ukraine.
6th October 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |

Ukraine: Tax officials in Lutsk, administrative centre of the Volyn oblast in northwestern Ukraine, have reported finding e-liquids being sold without a licence and without excise tax stamps. The seller now faces a fine of UAH92,400 (€2,525).

6th October 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |

Ukraine: The health ministry’s Public Health Centre has set up an online platform for anyone who encounters a violation of anti-tobacco legislation to report it, either through the website or via an app. Complaints about violations of public place usage restrictions, illegal trade, advertising, or lack of warning information will automatically be sent to the relevant department.

23rd September 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |
Ukraine: The public organisation Centre of Civic Representation “Zhyttia” (“Live”) is conducting an information campaign called “Schools without nicotine and tobacco” in ten schools in Lviv Oblast (a region in the western part of Ukraine with a population of 2.5m) from September to November, media reports. The project, which was implemented in other regions last year, has support from the WHO, allowing Ukraine to raise awareness among schoolchildren about the health risks of tobacco and nicotine.
19th September 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |
Ukraine: Last week, Kyiv customs officers exposed 12 illegal shipment attempts of 2,000 packages of reusable e-cigs, nicotine-containing cartridges for them as well as disposable e-cigs in international postal shipments, media reports. International parcels were to be sent from different regions of Ukraine to the UAE, Portugal, India and Germany. Since individuals are prohibited from sending such products in international mail, all devices found in international parcels have been seized pending a court decision in the cases.
7th September 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |

Ukraine: Parliament yesterday rejected amendments N20 and N21 to Bill 5616 “On the legal protection of geographical indications for agricultural products”, which would have allowed vaping and heated tobacco use in some “specially designated” public areas, media reports. The amendments had been criticised for attempting to introduce matters unrelated to the main subject of the bill, which is prohibited under parliament regulations.

30th August 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |

Ukraine: Parliament was today due to consider Bill 5616 “on the peculiarities of the legal protection of geographical indications for agricultural products”, including amendments to allow vaping and heated tobacco use in some “specially designated” public areas, media reports. Although the economic policy committe supported both of these amendments, the bill has been criticised for going against a parliamentary regulation that prohibits the introduction of amendments unrelated to a bill’s main subject.

16th August 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |

Ukraine: Amendments N20 and N21 to Bill 5616 “on the legal protection of geographical indications for agricultural products” would allow public vaping and heated tobacco use in some “specially designated places”. Although the Economic Policy Committee supported both of amendments, they have been criticised for going against a regulation prohibiting the introduction of amendments that do not relate to the topic of a bill.

11th August 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |

Ukraine: Inspectors from the State Production and Consumer Service have begun to check on how restaurants and cafes in the capital, Kyiv, are complying with the anti-tobacco legislation, which prohibits vaping and use of heated tobacco in such places, in line with smoking, media reports.

29th July 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |
Ukraine: Bill 7597 seeking to allow smoking, vaping and consumption of heated tobacco in specially designated places in restaurants and bars and/or in open spaces of such facilities has been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament. Currently, smoking, vaping and consumption of heated tobacco in such facilities are banned in Ukraine.
29th July 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |
Ukraine: Petition No. 22/147290 aiming to prohibit smoking on balconies and from the windows of apartment buildings has been published. If it collects 25,000 signatures, it may become a starting point for amending the current public place usage restrictions. Given the fact that all current smoking restrictions equally apply to vaping and consumption of heated tobacco, we believe their use on balconies and from the windows of apartment buildings could also potentially be banned if the petition succeeds. However, the petition has so far only collected 271 signatures, with 61 days remaining until the deadline.
16th February 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |

Ukraine: Bill 5719, adopted yesterday, 15th February, provides for a change in the mechanism of crediting and distribution of retail tax between local budgets as of 1st April 2022. This relates to an amendment to the Tax Code, adopted at the end of 2021, requiring producers or importers to declare maximum retail prices for tobacco products and e-liquids to the tax authority. The amendment also switched responsibility for paying retail tobacco and e-liquid tax from retailers to manufacturers and/or importers. The tax rate is 5% of the tax base, which is the value of the maximum retail prices of tobacco products and e-liquids, including VAT and excise tax.