Ukraine: The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy supported Bill 8286 on the introduction of an electronic excise stamp for tobacco products and e-liquids, media reports. If adopted, the bill – considered necessary to ensure the traceability of such products – will apply from 1st January 2024. The committee also backs the related Bill 8287 on corresponding amendments to the Tax Code and other laws.
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UK - Scotland: Commenting on a call by an environmental campaigner for a ban on disposable e-cigarettes, an official spokesperson told reporters: “The Scottish government is considering the emerging issues around single-use disposable vapes, and in the meantime it must be remembered that these devices are electronic equipment and should always be disposed of responsibly.”
US - Ohio: Following governor Mike DeWine’s veto of a state bill that would have prohibited local governments from enacting laws to prevent the sale of flavoured tobacco products, a council member in Cincinnati is considering introducing a flavour ban, due to her concern about flavoured products being marketed to youth. “I think that that’s just wrong,” council member Victoria Parks said. “You know, causing addiction and death.” Cincinnati is a city with a population of around 300,000.
Latvia: The excise tax rate on e-liquids increased on 1st January to €0.20 per ml.
Kazakhstan: The tax rate for nicotine e-liquids has changed from 1st January to KZT53 ($0.12) per ml.
Russia: Tax on e-cigarette devices has increased to RUB64 (€0.86) each and the e-liquid tax to RUB18 (€0.24) per ml from 1st January.
Indonesia: A new excise duty of IDR532 ($0.034) per ml of e-liquid in open-system e-cigarettes now applies, as of 1st January, while closed-system e-cigarettes are now taxed at IDR6,392 ($0.41) per ml of e-liquid in the cartridge.
Netherlands: A Ministry of Health regulation on banned flavours in e-cigarettes came into force on 1st January, providing a list of flavouring additives that can be used in e-liquids. It sets a grace period until 1st October for existing products produced or released before 1st July 2023 and for which a notification was made through the common entry gate no later than 28th November 2022.
Belarus: Under a December 2022 amendment to the Tax Law, e-liquids will be taxed throughout 2023 at a rate of BYN0.77 (€0.29) per ml. The law also introduced a BYN2.72 (€1) tax on e-cigarette devices.
Slovenia: The new excise duty now in force, until 30th April, for nicotine-containing e-liquids is €0.19 per ml. The tax on nicotine-free e-liquids has increased to €0.09 per ml.
Hungary: From 1st January the new excise duty on e-liquids, regardless of nicotine content, is HUF33 (€0.083) per ml.
US - Federal: The US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has written to the president and Congress advising them that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) had “relaxed its standards of review for certain tobacco products”. A CTP toxicologist-turned-whistleblower disclosed that a 2019 memo to CTP scientists on how to evaluate potentially harmful ingredients in substantial equivalence applications directed them to stop using objective, quantitative data to evaluate applications and to use instead an “eyeballing it” approach, which resulted in unclear review standards. The FDA appointed an independent panel of specialists to evaluate the allegations, and subsequenly implemented its six recommendations. While supportive of these steps, the whistleblower said FDA scientists will still need courage to challenge a system that “discourages dissenting voices”.