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.

9th March 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales, has called on the government to lower the VAT on e-cigarettes from 20% to 5%, bringing it in line with sales on nicotine gum and patches in order to help people stop smoking. The revenue generated could be targeted in geographical areas, occupational groups, and communities where cessation services are most needed.
9th March 2022 - Europe, Finland |
Finland: The amendment to the Tobacco Act was introduced in the first reading in the parliament yesterday. At this stage, the content of the bill will be decided. The initial proposal aims to introduce plain packaging for e-cigarettes and seeks to extend smoke-free environments, among other things. Previously it was planned that this amendment would come into force as of January 2022; however, now it is not yet clear when it will go into effecct if adopted.
8th March 2022 - North America, United States |
US: Bantam Vape has announced that United States Postal Service (USPS) has granted their application for a business purposes exception under the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act), so that they may ship their e-liquid products to select vape retailers and distributors throughout the US.
7th March 2022 - Asia, South Korea |
South Korea: A court has decided that the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety shall publish data behind the claims that some e-cigarettes contain ingredients that can cause severe lung disease, press reports. Prior to the court proceedings, the Electronic Cigarette Association had asked the Ministry to disclose this information, yet that request was rejected by the authority.
Rhode Island: Several new bills have been introduced. Among them, House Bill (HB) 7881HB 7871HB 7870, and HB 7869, which would provide for penalties for selling flavoured electronic nicotine delivery systems or for operating without a dealer’s licence.
7th March 2022 - Asia, Vietnam |
Vietnam: Answering the request of the Ministry of Finance to evaluate the current tax policies, the Vietnam Federation of Trade and Industry suggested adding new-generation tobacco products to the Value-Added Tax bill. E-cigarettes are currently not regulated in the country.
US - California: At its latest meeting, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors approved the first reading of an ordinance to ban sales of single-use e-cigarettes and flavoured tobacco products of any flavour other than tobacco. The ban would include all products containing tobacco leaves and any product containing nicotine. The second vote is set for 15th March.
US - Arizona: House Bill 2125 has failed the House third reading. This bill would have required tobacco vendors to have a valid tobacco retail sales licence in order to distribute tobacco products. E-cigarettes would be included in the definition of “tobacco products” for purposes of this bill.
4th March 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The minister of health said yesterday that the bill banning the sales of vaping products to anyone born after 2005, which we previously reported on, still has to undergo several additional engagement sessions with NGOs and industry players before being tabled in the parliament. The minister expressed his intention to present the bill to parliament during its first sitting, which runs until 24th March, but also acknowledged the possibility of tabling the bill in the next sitting, which will take place between June and July of this year.
4th March 2022 - Europe, Sweden |
Sweden: The Public Health Agency of Sweden has updated a publicly available list of notified electronic cigarettes and refill containers, which contains 11,774 vapour products.
4th March 2022 - Europe, France |
France: The National Agency for Food, Environmental, and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) has published an updated list of notified e-cigarettes, which includes 74,630 products.
3rd March 2022 - Europe, Slovenia |
Slovenia: The government has published today a draft Strategy for Reducing the Consequences of Tobacco Use - For Slovenia without Tobacco 2022-2030, which is currently being discussed across ministries and agencies. The policy paper calls for the urgent enactment of legislation that extends plain packaging to e-cigarettes, raises the minimum age for the purchase of e-cigarettes to 21, and bans flavoured vapour products, among others.
US - Virginia: Senate Bill 223 has passed the House after minor amendments. This bill prohibits student athletes from earning compensation for the use of their image in connection with tobacco, tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, nicotine vapour products, and similar products and devices.
3rd March 2022 - Australasia, Australia |
Australia: The government of the Australian state of New South Wales is preparing to adopt measures in order to reduce the consumption of electronic cigarettes among teenagers, press reports. The measures to be taken would be implemented in 2023 and would include, among others, suspending students who are caught vaping at school.  The use of e-cigarettes at schools is prohibited, but incidents regarding their use and sale in schools have increased by 771%, according to education documents sent to parliament earlier this year.
3rd March 2022 - Croatia, Europe |
Croatia: The Ministry of Health has updated the publicly available list of notified e-cigarettes and refill containers.
2nd March 2022 - North America, United States |
US: The FDA has issued new warning letters to manufacturers and distributors of e-liquid products that are  “new tobacco products” without the required FDA marketing authorisation to remain on the market.
2nd March 2022 - Denmark, Europe |
Denmark: Yesterday, the health ministry announced that Nicoventures and Danish tobacco company House of Prince are suing the government for having adopted “illegal” regulations. Health minister Magnus Heunicke said: “I can state that the international tobacco industry has chosen to sue the Ministry of Health in continuation of the implementation of the National Action Plan to stop and prevent children and young people’s smoking and nicotine addiction.” No further details have been disclosed.
2nd March 2022 - England, Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: The West Northamptonshire Council trading standards department has inspected five shops following complaints of underage (under-18s) sales. Three of the shops asked for identification when the customer attempted to buy e-cigarettes and cigarettes, while the other two face under further investigation, press reports.
2nd March 2022 - Europe, Germany |
Germany: The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has updated the list of notified e-cigarette products, which now contains 247,925 vapour products. Only products notified at least six months previously are listed.
US - Georgia: Senate Bill (SB) 572 has been introduced. This bill would require vapour product manufacturers and sellers to deliver an attestation to the attorney general stating that the product has received a marketing granted order by the FDA; it would require the attorney general to develop a vapour product directory, which would be publicly available for inspection; and it would ban any vapour product manufacturer from manufacturing or selling any vapour product not included in such a directory.
1st March 2022 - Europe, Ireland |
Ireland: Today, the Joint Committee on Health discussed the Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Bill with the industry members. The trade organisation Vape Business Ireland (VBI), whose representatives attended the meeting, stated that the credible evidence supporting vaping as a less harmful alternative to smoking must not be ignored and highlighted the importance of flavours in smoking cessation. Said a VBI spokesperson: “While it is essential that we do everything we can to prevent youth access to vaping products, we must also ensure that we find a balance in protecting the 200,000 vapers right across Ireland from relapsing.”
1st March 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The first sitting of the Dewan Rakyat (Malaysian lower parliamentary chamber) in which the bill banning the sales of vaping products to anyone born after 2005 that we previously reported on is expected to be introduced by the Ministry of Health started today and running until 24th March. Although the bill has not been listed in today’s agenda nor has it been mentioned in the King’s Speech opening ceremony, the Ministry has until 24th March to introduce the bill. However, the longer the Ministry delays the tabling of the bill, the less likely it is to pass, as the time needed to debate it and propose any significant amendments will be increasingly reduced.
28th February 2022 - Canada, North America, Ontario |
Canada - Ontario:  France Gélinas, a member of the New Democratic Party, which is part of the minority coalition, tabled Bill 85 “Vaping is not for Kids”. The proposal aims to restrict the sale of vapour products to speciality vape stores, prohibit the promotion of e-cigarette products, and raise the minimum age for purchasing vaping products from 18 to 21.
28th February 2022 - Alberta, Canada, North America |
Canada - Alberta: The provincial government will not introduce a standalone provincial tax for vapour products through the Budget 2022 (page 181). Alberta will work with the federal government to explore a coordinated taxation approach to collect a provincial tax on vaping products. According to the Budget 2022 documents, a coordinated tax structure would minimise the burden on Alberta businesses and could also reduce the risks of interprovincial smuggling and tax leakage.
28th February 2022 - Missouri, North America, United States |
MissouriHouse Bill 2786 has been introduced. This bill would raise the minimum age from 18 to 21 for purchasing and possession of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, and vapour products.
28th February 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Maggie Throup, parliamentary undersecretary for health, said that there are no current plans to review smoke-free legislation to include vaping. “The provision of separate vaping areas is a matter for individual organisations,” added Throup.
28th February 2022 - Estonia, Europe |
Estonia:  The Health Board has updated the list of notified e-cigarette products, which contains 41,641 vapour products.
28th February 2022 - Asia, China |
China: Following the central government’s announcement on ending e-cigarette sales to minors, a market supervision authority in Tianjin, a northeastern city with 13.8m residents, has increased the oversight of the ban on e-cigarette sales to minors, media reports. The authority will cover both traditional and online retail channels and block access to the latter.
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.
25th February 2022 - Mexico, North America |
Mexico: The National Commission against Addictions (CONADIC), the Pan American Health Organization (OPS), and the organisation Salud Justa have shown their concern over the new General Custom Duty Act, press reports. The organisations say that the Act does not prohibit the import of the third category of electronic cigarettes (known as “alternative systems of nicotine consumption”) and that it only prohibits the import of the other two categories of electronic cigarettes: “electronic devices of nicotine administration” (SEAN) and “similar devices without nicotine” (SSSN). According to the organisations, the bill would contradict the October 2021 presidential decree that prohibited the import of all electronic cigarettes.
25th February 2022 - Europe, Poland |
Poland: On 2nd March 2022, the Senate health committee will debate the bill that intends to introduce the cultivation and collection of non-industrial hemp, press reports. According to the bill, the cultivation of medical cannabis will be allowed, but only if conducted by research institutes dependent on the Ministry of Agriculture. The bill was approved on 8th February by the Sejm (Polish lower house) and is currently pending parliamentary approval prior to being signed by the president.
25th February 2022 - Africa, South Africa |
South Africa: The Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, said during the Budget Speech 2022 that the government proposes to introduce a new tax on vaping products of at least ZAR2.90 ($0.17) per ml starting 1st January 2023.
25th February 2022 - Europe, Sweden |
Sweden: From February 2020 to March 2021 the government held an investigation to ensure a coherent and systematic regulation of tobacco, e-cigarettes, and tobacco-free nicotine products. The outcomes of this inquiry were published yesterday, and the government intends to submit a proposal shortly that would ban tobacco-free flavoured e-liquids and strengthen the restrictions on the marketing and advertising of e-cigarettes and refill containers.
25th February 2022 - United States |
US - General: The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday: “In an Initial Decision announced on Feb. 24, 2022, Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell dismissed the antitrust charges in a complaint issued by the Federal Trade Commission staff against tobacco company Altria Group, Inc., and electronic cigarette maker JUUL Labs, Inc.” The judge concluded that the complaint failed to prove antitrust violation of the non-compete provisions of the agreements between Juul and Altria.
25th February 2022 - Europe, Iceland |
Iceland: The Ministry of Health confirmed to ECigIntelligence that the bill amending Law 87/2018 on electronic cigarettes and refills to introduce a ban on e-cigarette flavourings “that may appeal to children” will be introduced into the Althingi in March. As we previously reported, the bill was meant to be introduced today, according to the official parliamentary register.
24th February 2022 - Europe, Italy |
Italy: The Senate has approved the text for the conversion into law of Decree-Law 228/2021, which lowers excise duties on e-cigarettes. The rates applied in early 2021 will be restored from 1st April 2022: approximately €0.13/ml for nicotine-containing e-liquids and €0.08/ml for those without nicotine. Our briefing will provide a more detailed outlook of the changes.

California: An ordinance has been approved in the city of Antioch in Contra Costa County to prohibit characterising flavours in tobacco products, impose packaging restrictions on cigarettes and cigars, and ban the sale of e-cigarettes for use with tobacco or tobacco products, local press reports. At the meeting which took the decision, councilmember Mike Barbanica expressed strong opposition, saying: “We have a city that allows cannabis sales...but you cannot buy some bubblegum vaping pen”. Another councilmember put a motion to waive the first reading and read by title only, which passed 3-2.

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.
23rd February 2022 - Belgium, Europe |
Belgium:  The Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment has updated the lists of positive and negative e-cigarette product notifications.
23rd February 2022 - Idaho, North America, United States |
IdahoSenate Bill 1284 has been introduced. It would raise the age of legal possession and use of e-cigarettes and tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Connecticut: Senate Bill 139 has been introduced. It would ban all flavours but for tobacco in electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapour products. It would also amend the definition of “electronic cigarette liquid” to include products with synthetic ingredients.

22nd February 2022 - Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom |

UK (Scotland): Trading Standards officers found a wide range of non-compliant single-use or disposable vaping devices on sale in Scotland between October and December 2021, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) reports. Following inspections, a total of 88,839 disposable devices were removed from sale as they were either not labelled correctly, did not contain sufficient classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) regulation information or had not been published by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Another 3,683 devices were seized as they had a capacity of over the legal limit of 2 ml.

22nd February 2022 - Europe, Italy |

Italy: The Chamber of Deputies has approved the text for the conversion into law of Decree-Law 228/2021, which aims to lower excise duties on e-cigarettes. If the bill is also approved by the Senate, the rates which applied in early 2021 will be restored from 1st April 2022: approximately €0.13 per ml for nicotine-containing e-liquids and €0.08 per ml for those without nicotine.

22nd February 2022 - Bulgaria, Europe |

Bulgaria: Analysis by the Customs Agency uncovered the evasion of BGN 977,000 (€500,000) in customs duties and VAT on imports of disposable e-cigarettes between 2019 and 2021.

21st February 2022 - North America, United States |

US: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued on Thursday a new batch of warning letters to manufacturers and distributors of e-liquid products classed as “new tobacco products” without the required FDA marketing authorisation to remain on the market.

21st February 2022 - Europe, Italy |

Italy:  The Customs and Monopoly Agency (ADM) has updated the lists of notified nicotine-containing and nicotine-free e-cigarette products. The total number of notified vaping products now stands at 20,743.

West VirginiaSenate Bill 635 has been introduced, which would amend the Tobacco Products Excise Tax Act. It would change the definition of “electronic smoking devices” for the purposes of this Act, to include synthetic nicotine within its definition. It would further modify the definition of “other tobacco products” to include: nicotine-containing products (including synthetic nicotine products); and "electronic smoking devices". The bill would raise the tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes from 12% to 51% of the wholesale price, effective from 1st July 2022. The current tax on e-cigarette liquid would be repealed and thus substituted by this one.
21st February 2022 - Europe, Italy |
Italy: The Budget Committee of the Chamber of Deputies approved two amendments (after making slight changes) to the conversion into law of Decree-Law 228/2021 presented by the Democratic Party and The League as part of an aim to decrease the excise duties on e-liquids. Should the amendments be approved by the Chamber of Deputies and subsequently by the Senate, the excise duty rates of the first semester of 2021 would be restored starting from 1st April 2022: approximately €0.13 per ml for nicotine-containing e-liquids and €0.08 per ml for those without nicotine.
21st February 2022 - Europe, France |
France: Senator Laurence Cohen submitted a written parliamentary question to the Minister of Solidarity and Health asking how he intends to reduce the widespread use of e-cigarettes among teenagers in middle and high schools and raise awareness of vaping products.
21st February 2022 - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe |
Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Bill on the Control of Tobacco and Other Products for Smoking was not adopted on 17th February. The upper chamber of the parliament will move the discussion to another date. The bill regulates nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, proposes a ban on sales via vending machines and online, online advertising, and vaping in enclosed public places. Nicotine concentration is to be limited to 20 mg/ml and e-liquid refills to a maximum of 10 ml or cartridges of 2 ml.