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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.

9th November 2022 - Europe, France |

France: The Senate has approved an amendment to the 2023 Social Security Financing Bill presented by Republican senator Catherine Procaccia which aims to impose an excise duty of €6 per ml on disposable e-cigarettes, regardless of nicotine concentration, to discourage their use by young people.

US - California: As expected, voters in California yesterday passed Proposition 31 to uphold the 2020 legislation banning the sale of flavoured e-cigarette and tobacco products. Senate Bill 793 was delayed due to a referendum call by the industry, which gave the voters the final say. Many local jurisdictions in the state have already passed some sort of restriction on flavoured products, the sale of which will now be forbidden state-wide.

9th November 2022 - Chile, South America |

Chile: The Chamber of Deputies Health Committee yesterday heard the government’s comments on Bill 12626-11, which, together with Bill 12632-11, seeks to equate all vaping products, regardless of their nicotine content, with tobacco products. The Health Committee agreed in March to drop all provisions relating to vaping products, but they have been reintroduced. The committee has now set a new deadline of 17th November to end the discussion and decide on the bill, which also introduces certain provisions on e-cigarette devices and their components.

9th November 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: Caretaker minister of health Khairy Jamaluddin said today that if the National Front (Barisan Nasional) wins the upcoming general elections, to be held on 19th November, and he is reappointed to the post, he will reintroduce the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022, popularly known as the Generational End Game Bill, press reports. He added that if the Alliance of Hope, currently the largest opposition group, wins the elections, former health minister Dzulkefly Ahmad will also ensure that the bill is tabled. Dzulkefly was a member of the parliamentary committee reviewing the bill, which proposes a ban on the sale of vaping products based on the potential purchaser’s birthdate. An analysis of the impact of the Malaysian elections on the sector is available in our Policy Radar.

US - California: Proposition 31, which aims to uphold Senate Bill 793, is on the state ballot today. A “yes” vote would ban the sale of flavoured tobacco and vaping products in California.

8th November 2022 - Europe, Poland |

Poland: A bill to amend the Excise Duty Act has been introduced, aimed at amending the definition of e-liquids to guarantee that all those on the market are taxed. This is in response to some retailers selling e-liquids as air fresheners in order to avoid excise duty. E-liquids are taxed in Poland whether or not they contain nicotine.

8th November 2022 - Europe |

Europe: The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised concerns about what it sees as the alarming increase in vaping by young people in Europe. It says “there is a concern that ENDS can act as gateways to conventional smoking” and that “ENDS are often used to complement cigarette smoking, meaning people become dual users rather than substituting one for the other”. The WHO also reminded regulators of its tobacco control guidance, including recommending banning flavours that appeal to children, prohibiting use in indoor spaces where smoking is not permitted, and banning sales to minors.

8th November 2022 - Australasia, Australia |

Australia: The South Australian state government has launched a plan to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among school students by providing training and preventive campaigns, press reports. A report by the state’s commissioner for children and young people found two thirds of the 1,000 teenagers consulted had tried vaping and 25% used e-cigarettes regularly.

8th November 2022 - Africa, Morocco |
Morocco: The governing National Rally of Independents has proposed amending the 2023 Finance Bill and changing the tax on e-cigarettes to an ad valorem tax of 40% of the retail sale price, press reports.
7th November 2022 - Asia, Jordan |
Jordan: The World Health Organization (WHO)’s director of the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases Office in Jordan, Hala Bou Kardana, expressed the organisation’s concern over the high rate of tobacco use in Jordan, highlighting that e-cigarettes may be worse than regular cigarettes, since no studies have addressed their long-term effects, press reports. Furthermore, Bou Kardana urged a hike in tobacco taxes, pointing out that Jordan has one of the highest rates of tobacco usage in the world, with 66% of males over 18 smoking cigarettes and 16.5% using alternative nicotine products.
7th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: When answering MPs questions, junior health secretary Neil O'Brien said that the department is considering extending the current e-cigarette framework to non-nicotine vaping products.
4th November 2022 - North America, United States |
US - General: RJ Reynolds is requesting a new federal court trial after a North Carolina federal jury declared that RJ Reynolds owes Altria $95m in damages due to an e-cigarette patent-infringement complaint, media reports. We have previously reported on this case, and more details can be found in Altria's statement.
4th November 2022 - Europe, Lithuania |
Lithuania: The State Consumer Rights Protection Service (VVTAT) fined two e-cigarette suppliers for placing on the market disposable e-cigarettes that violate the Tobacco Law. The VVTAT found that the disposable vapes in question contained flavoured e-liquids and the labelling did not provide all the information required by the Tobacco Law.
4th November 2022 - Europe, Italy |
Italy: The Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM) published the 2021 Blue Book, which shows that the revenue from vapour products amounted to €17,737,617.77, increasing 44.63% compared to 2020.
4th November 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 90,131 products.
4th November 2022 - Estonia, Europe |
Estonia: The Health Board has updated the list of notified e-cigarette products, which contains 45,133 vapour products. A list of notified products that do not comply with the Tobacco Act has also been published.
4th November 2022 - Australasia, New Zealand |
New Zealand: After the Vaping Regulatory Authority issued a safety alert on 28th October asking vaping retailers to review if their nicotine products contained the right amount of nicotine concentration, the authority issued a new alert stating that it is reviewing all the vaping substances that have been notified. The authority is assessing each notification and if a potentially non-compliant product is identified, the retailer will be contacted for further information. The authority is also setting up a new testing regime that would purchase vaping products for sale and test their ingredients and nicotine levels to ensure they are compliant.
4th November 2022 - Asia, Indonesia |
Indonesia: The government has decided to increase the excise duties for tobacco and vaping products for the next year, press reports. The average increase for vaping products will reportedly be 15% this year, and the tax will increase every year for the next five years. No formal decision has been reached yet, nor has any bill been proposed. The current excise duty for open system e-cigarettes is IDR445 ($0.029) per ml of e-liquid, while for closed systems it is IDR6,030 ($0.39) per ml of e-liquid.
3rd November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Today (3rd November) a debate on a motion on the independent review of smoke-free 2030 policies took place at the House of Commons. Junior health minister Neil O’Brien said that vaping is far less harmful than smoking and there is more that government could do to support smokers to switch. Member of Parliament Bob Blackman said that many recommendations made in the Khan review can be implemented though ministerial regulations and highlighted the need to secure necessary funding through a “polluter pays” levy that has bipartisan support.
3rd November 2022 - North America, Ohio, United States |
US - Ohio: Last week, the Columbus City Council met with business owners to discuss a potential ban on flavoured tobacco, which would also include flavoured e-cigarettes and menthol products, according to local news. The idea came out of a Columbus Public Health study, which signalled that minority communities are being targeted by tobacco shops, especially regarding menthol flavoured products. In the meeting, many spoke out against the proposed ban, especially vape shop owners, though it was also supported by several others, among them doctors and a middle school teacher. Columbus is the capital of Ohio, with a population of around 900,000.
3rd November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Yesterday (2nd November) Steve Brine was newly elected as chair of the Health and Social Care Committee. Brine was a junior minister at the Department of Health and Social Care from 2017 to 2019 and has been supporting vaping as an alternative for smokers.
3rd November 2022 - Europe, Scandinavia, Sweden |
Sweden: The Public Health Agency of Sweden has updated a publicly available list of notified e-cigarettes and refill containers. There are 12,317 vapour products on the list.
3rd November 2022 - Europe, France |
France: For the November 2022 no-smoking month (“mois sans tabac”), French authorities say electronic cigarettes, among several other options, could be an aid to quitting smoking or reducing tobacco consumption, but there is no knowledge about medium- and long-term benefits and risks of vaping.
 
3rd November 2022 - Europe, France |
France: Three deputies (LaporteStuderSeitlinger) submitted parliamentary questions asking whether the Ministry of Health and the Ministry for Ecological Transition are considering banning disposable e-cigarettes. The deputies say that these products are easily accessible to minors and they represent a problem for waste management as there is no recycling circuit for them.
2nd November 2022 - Europe |

EU: ECigIntelligence has obtained an incomplete copy of the impact assessment report accompanying the proposal for a council directive amending the Tobacco Excise Directive. This or a very similar draft is to be discussed on 7th December. In order to take into account economic differences within the EU, the European Commission is proposing an index whereby the minimum tax would be periodically adjusted for each individual member state dependent on purchasing power parity (PPP). There would be corrective criteria to avoid huge differences between low- and high-income countries. The EU intends to substantially increase all tobacco and nicotine taxes, as well as to encompass new products and any that emerge later by creating a “catch-all” category. The working draft proposes an EU minimum of €0.10 per ml for e-liquids with less than 15 mg/ml of nicotine and €0.30 per ml for those with more than 15mg/ml. Nic-free e-liquids would also be affected. ECigIntelligence will publish further details of the proposed taxes tomorrow in our news analysis section.

Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Superior Court has dismissed a challenge to the town of Brookline’s Tobacco-Free Generation bylaw, which will remain in effect, town administrator Chas Carey has announced. The bylaw prohibits anyone born after 1st January 2000 from purchasing tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in the town. “The dismissal of this challenge is a positive outcome, validating decades of tobacco control work in local government to reduce access to tobacco and nicotine products and prevent disease for future generations,” the town’s public health commissioner Sigalle Reiss said. “Brookline has laid the path that other communities may now follow as they seek to keep harmful tobacco products out of the hands of generations to come.” Brookline, which lies in the Boston metropolitan area, has a population of around 60,000.

2nd November 2022 - Asia, Israel |

Israel: With most votes counted after yesterday’s general election, the Likud party led by former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared set to unseat premier Yair Lapid and return Netanyahu to power. Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc, which includes the Religious Zionist Party (RZP), the conservative United Torah Judaism (UTJ), and the religious Shas party, has a more negative approach to vaping and new tobacco products than the outgoing government, as shown by the policies implemented in its previous terms of office.

2nd November 2022 - Asia, Vietnam |
Vietnam: Members of the one-party National Assembly have expressed concern about a potential pilot project for the regulation of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco, press reports. Pham Van Hoa, who sits on the Law Committee, said a pilot scheme was inappropriate before the products had been through an impact assessment.
2nd November 2022 - Denmark, Europe |

Denmark: In snap elections held yesterday, the centre-left bloc retained its power with Social Democrat leader Mette Frederiksen remaining prime minister. The government is likely to maintain its restrictive position on tobacco and vaping control.

2nd November 2022 - Europe, Germany |

Germany: In answer to a parliamentary question by opposition MP Hans-Jürgen Thies, the federal government said it was currently examining further measures to prevent certain products from being disposed of in household waste and that disposable e-cigarettes are covered by the draft EU Ecodesign Directive. The government will advocate rules on the replaceability of batteries and e-liquids that would ensure disposable e-cigarettes could no longer be placed on the market.

2nd November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Junior health minister Neil O’Brien has said the Department of Health and Social Care is still considering the recommendations made in the Khan review, including those related to vaping. “We are also exploring how to support healthcare professionals to provide accurate information on the benefits of switching to vaping,” added O’Brien.

2nd November 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 288,962 products. Only products notified at least six months ago are listed.

2nd November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Answering a parliamentary question, Trudy Harrison, junior minister for the environment, food and rural affairs, said the department had not undertaken an assessment of the environmental impact of disposable e-cigarettes.

2nd November 2022 - Europe, Netherlands |

Netherlands: The House of Representatives has called on the government to take extra measures to ensure better enforcement of the ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, media reports.

2nd November 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |

Saudi Arabia: The National Committee for Tobacco Control plans to increase the excise tax on all tobacco products to 150% in an attempt to limit the number of tobacco users, press reports. The tobacco excise tax applies also to e-cigarettes.

2nd November 2022 - Africa, Tunisia |

Tunisia: The Tunisian General Workers’ Union (UGTT) says it will oppose the privatisation of the state-owned National Tobacco and Matches Administration, press reports. Privatisation, which the government has reportedly promised the International Monetary Fund it will carry out, would end the state monopoly of e-cigarette production, marketing and supply.

2nd November 2022 - Asia, China |

China: As of yesterday, a 36% ad valorem tax is applied on production and import of e-cigarettes and 11% on wholesale. E-cigarettes for export are exempt from the consumption tax.

31st October 2022 - Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom |
UK - Scotland: A shop in North Lanarkshire is being investigated by Trading Standards for reportedly selling vapour products to a 12-year-old, local media reports.
31st October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: After Walsall Council Trading Standards established that King’s Vapes and Smoking Shop in the centre of Walsall, West Midlands, sold vapour products to minors on several occasions, the retailer was fined £205 and ordered to pay costs of £416. Thakur Enterpreses Ltd, the trading company, was fined £833 and ordered to pay costs of £700.
31st October 2022 - Europe, Latvia |
Latvia: The deadline for sending comments relating to the bill amending the Tobacco Act is today, 31st October. The regulation equates e-cigarettes and other tobacco substitutes to tobacco products. It seeks to ban flavoured e-liquids and e-cigarettes, and prohibit vaping in gaming halls and casinos. The bill was approved in its second reading earlier this month and in the coming months the third and final reading is expected to take place.
31st October 2022 - Brazil, South America |
Brazil: The candidate from the left-wing Workers' Party (PT), Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, won the presidential elections with 50.9% of the votes. He has not expressed his opinion about new products, but the Workers' Party has defended strict policies towards tobacco regulation, as shown in our Policy Radar.
31st October 2022 - North America, United States |
US - Federal: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous comments from a variety of industry members about certain aspects of its Tobacco Program. Many of the comments claim that the regulatory agency has not convened its own group of scientific advisors in nearly four years and makes decisions based on political agenda and not the science surrounding nicotine products. Another comment states that the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) favours combustible tobacco products by allowing new combustible products to take easier pathways to market, such as being considered pre-existing tobacco products. The comment period will remain open until 7th November 2022.
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.
28th October 2022 - Asia, Hong Kong |
Hong Kong: Hong Kong could reverse the ban on the re-export of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products by the end of this year, as reported by South China Morning Post.
28th October 2022 - Europe, Spain |
Spain: The Ministry of Health has launched a new campaign against tobacco and vaping products. The campaign – titled "The smoke does not allow you to see" – states that cartridges and batteries from e-cigarettes increase the amount of "electronic waste", especially disposable ones. More information on which legislation is currently being discussed at the EU level and what effect it may have on vaping products can be found in our environmental tracker.
28th October 2022 - North America, United States |
US - Federal: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent out a new batch of warning letters to e-liquid manufacturers for manufacturing/selling/distributing e-liquid products without a marketing authorisation order.
28th October 2022 - Australasia, New Zealand |
New Zealand: The Ministry of Health issued a safety alert asking all vaping retailers and importers to review all their products to ensure they are complying with the law, especially concerning the maximum nicotine concentration of 20 mg/ml for freebase nicotine and 50 mg/ml for nicotine salts. The authority reported that some vape retailers and manufacturers may have misinterpreted those regulations. A breach of law can result in a fine of up to NZD400,000 ($232,000).
28th October 2022 - Brazil, South America |
Brazil: The director of the National Public Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), Antonio Barra Torres, told local media that the discussion about the legal situation of e-cigs and heated tobacco products is expected to be held by the authority's board in December. The authority is likely to open the subject for public consultation, but according to the director, so far the understanding is to follow the board's decision on maintaining the current ban.
28th October 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: Today (28th October), the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry is holding a virtual public consultation on implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act, which further regulates e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. The IRR sets rules on e-cigarette and heated tobacco labelling, sale, advertising, sponsorship and purchase.
27th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: According to the parliamentary agenda, the publication of the government’s Tobacco Control Plan will be discussed in the House of Lords on 23rd November.