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.

27th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Northumbria Police has announced the seizure of 180 non-compliant vapour products in Newcastle and Gateshead. This was part of a wider inspection carried out together with Trading Standards officers after the police received a tip-off though they did not specify what made the seized products illegal.

27th October 2022 - Estonia, Europe |

Estonia: The Tax and Customs Board has told ECigIntelligence that excise duty on vapour products at €0.20 per ml should be reintroduced on 1st January following a two-year suspension. The Ministry of Finance, which said its excise duty experts never supported the suspension, revealed that industry association MTÜ Eesti E-cigareti Kaupmeeste Liit had requested that the excise duty be reduced to €0.08 per ml. The industry association proposal has not been made public yet.

27th October 2022 - Africa, South Africa |

South Africa: The Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, which introduces a flat excise duty rate of ZAR2.90 ($0.16) per ml for both nicotine and non-nicotine vaping products has been introduced in Parliament. It will be discussed by the Portfolio Committee before beinbg debated in the National Assembly.

27th October 2022 - North America, United States |

US - federal: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued marketing denial orders (MDOs) for several e-cigarette products currently marketed by Logic Technology Development, including the Logic Pro Menthol e-Liquid Package and Logic Power Menthol e-Liquid Package. These are the first menthol e-cigarette products to receive a marketing decision based on a full scientific review from the FDA.

26th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: New prime minister Rishi Sunak has reappointed Steve Barclay as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, a role he previously held from 5th July to 6th September this year. The UK Vaping Industry Association said it was imperative that Barclay “reinstates the Health Disparities White Paper and commits to the publication of the Tobacco Control Plan this year, building on the Khan Review”.

26th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Junior health minister Caroline Johnson said yesterday that the government had not made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the level of fines for under-age sales of e-cigarettes. Under the regulations, if an individual is found guilty of selling nicotine inhaling products to anyone under 18, they may be fined up to £2,500. Johnson added that the recommendations made in the Khan review were still under consideration, including measures to prevent young people and non-smokers from starting to vape.

26th October 2022 - Europe |

EU: The reform of the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation is expected to be postponed until the end of 2023, according to the European Commission’s work programme, media reports. The delay means the reform is unlikely to be adopted before the next European Parliament elections in May 2024. The REACH regulation already applies to the cannabis and hemp-based vapour industry, but the revision may lead to enhanced reporting and evaluation of chemicals. It is already considered to be one of the strictest laws to date regulating chemical substances and will affect industries throughout the world; its revision could mean tighter restrictions on some problematic chemicals or even the banning of some.

26th October 2022 - United States |

US - general: A new study from the University of Louisville has found that exposure to specific e-cigarette ingredients can cause heart arrhythmias and cardiac electrical dysfunction. According to lead researcher Alex Carll, inhaling “certain flavors or solvent vehicles” could increase the risk of atrial or ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac arrest. He also stressed the “urgent need” for more research into the cardiac effects of these components on animals and humans.

26th October 2022 - Europe, Switzerland |

Switzerland: The Federal Council has approved an amendment to the Federal Law on Tobacco Taxation, taxing e-liquids at a rate that takes into account the lesser harmfulness of e-cigarettes relative to combustible tobacco. The proposed tax rate is CHF0.20 (€0.20) per ml for rechargeable cigarettes and CHF1 per ml for disposables. The proposal, which took into consideration the comments of both industry and authorities, will now be submitted to Parliament.

25th October 2022 - France |

France: An amendment presented by the leftist Nupes alliance to the 2023 Social Security Financing Bill that aimed to ban disposable vapour products has been declared inadmissible.

25th October 2022 - China |

China: Several state authorities have today jointly announced plans to levy a consumption tax on e-cigarettes. The Announcement on Collection of Consumption Tax on Electronic Cigarettes 33/2022 sets a 36% ad valorem tax rate on production and import of e-cigarettes and 11% on wholesale price from 1st November. The introduction of a specific tax was outlined earlier this year in the Policy Measures to Promote the Legalisation and Standardisation of the E-cigarette Industry, which said the tobacco administration should work with the relevant departments to formulate and promote the implementation of tax policies.

25th October 2022 - United States |

US - general: Juul Labs has posted its 129-page administrative appeal against the marketing denial order (MDO) issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), explaining the company’s position and describing the MDO as “substantively and procedurally flawed”. Juul has presented data to counter the four main deficiencies listed in the MDO, highlighting the lack of an iterative review, saying a different standard was applied to Juul’s premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) than to other PMTAs that have been accepted, and referring to the political pressure the FDA has been under to remove Juul products from the market. Links to all documents of the ongoing suit have been made available on Juul’s website.

25th October 2022 - Europe |

EU: Due to a scheduled system upgrade, it will not be possible to notify products through the EU Common Entry Gate (EU-CEG) between 9:00 and 14:00 CET tomorrow, 26th October.

25th October 2022 - Philippines |

Philippines: The Department of Trade and Industry is to hold a virtual public consultation on Friday, 28th October, on the draft implementing rules and regulations of the Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Act. The rules cover labelling, sale, advertising, sponsorship and purchase of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.

24th October 2022 - Estonia, Europe |
Estonia: The Social Commission of the Parliament scheduled the first reading of the Tobacco Act Amendment Act 654 SE for the plenary session on 8th November. The bill aims to repeal the ban on domestic long-distance sales, the prohibition of displaying devices at the point-of-sale, and the total ban on flavoured e-cigarettes by banning only sweet or soft drinks and confectionery flavours.
24th October 2022 - North America, Oregon, United States |
US - Oregon: The Multnomah County Public Health Division has recommended that a ban on flavoured tobacco and nicotine products be passed in the county, local news report. The aim behind it is to reduce youth access to these products. Multnomah County has a population of around 815,000, making it the state's most populous county.
24th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: The Lambeth Council of London will start providing free e-cigarettes to pregnant smokers or caregivers of young children, press reports. This decision is in line with NHS advice to pregnant women who are smokers.
21st October 2022 - Europe, Spain |
Spain: The Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) has criticised the Tobacco Market Bill draft, which aims to introduce sales restrictions for e-cigarettes – such as limiting their sale to tobacconists. According to the CNMC, it is "unjustified" that only tobacconists can sell e-cigarettes. It said that "it is not justified to apply the regulation of tobacco products to the so-called electronic cigarettes or vapers", and "they should have their own regulation adjusted to their features".
US - California: A flavoured tobacco products ban referendum is on the 8th November ballot in California. Some health organisations are advocating to vote yes, so as to uphold Senate Bill 793, which would ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products. San Luis Obispo County health officer, Penny Borenstein, is among them, encouraging the community to vote yes, stating: "We stand with commendable health organizations such as the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Cancer Action Network of the American Cancer Society, the California Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics." San Luis Obispo County has a population of around 280,000.
21st October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Yesterday, junior health secretary, Caroline Johnson, said that the government is reviewing how the powers provided by the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill can be used. Should these be used for reforms to tobacco control, this will not reduce the current standards. "Maintaining patient safety and public health will remain paramount and the government continues to work with a range of organisations and stakeholders," added Johnson, whose prime minister Liz Truss resigned yesterday. We anticipate that this will further delay publication of the already overdue tobacco control plan.
21st October 2022 - Europe |
EU: The European Commission has published its work programme for 2023 addressing its "headline ambitions". The programme states that the Commission will continue with the Beating Cancer Plan, and a Revision of the Council Recommendation on smoke-free environments is set for the second quarter of 2023. Although not mentioned in the work programme, other initiatives are under consideration at the EU level.
20th October 2022 - Belgium, Europe |

Belgium: Health minister Frank Vandenbroucke has proposed a ban on vending machines in bars, restaurants and catering facilities selling any kind of vaping or tobacco products, allowing them only in supermarkets. The bill is moving forward and has been voted on at its first reading.

20th October 2022 - North America, United States |

US - federal: The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed complaints in federal district courts seeking permanent injunctions to stop six e-cigarette manufacturers making and selling unauthorised vaping products. The DOJ alleges infractions that include failing to submit premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) and repeatedly illegally manufacturing, selling and distributing their products, despite receiving warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they were breaking the law. This is the first time the FDA has used injunction proceeding to enforce the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act’s premarket review requirements for tobacco products.

20th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Junior health minister Caroline Johnson has said the Department of Health and Social Care is considering the recommendations made in the Khan review. This would include measures to help smokers switch to vaping, such as introducing positive messaging via packaging inserts and amending front labelling on nicotine vaping products. “The Department will continue to gather evidence on the potential merits of these measures and further information will be available in due course,” Johnson said, without addressing rumours that the department was planning to abandon its Tobacco Control Plan.

20th October 2022 - Armenia, Asia |

Armenia: The government has put forward a bill to introduce an excise tax on e-liquids, media reports. If it is adopted, the rate will be AMD 50 ($0.12) per ml in 2022, and AMD 55 ($0.14) per ml in 2023.

20th October 2022 - Netherlands |

Netherlands: Asked whether a consumption tax or excise tax on e-cigarettes and e-liquids would be added to the 2023 Tax Plan, finance minister Marnix van Rij said the government was awaiting proposals from the European Commission reviewing the Tobacco Excise Directive, media reports. The government is not expected to introduce its own tax, believing an approach at European level to be more effective.

19th October 2022 - Europe, France |

France: The left-wing Nupes alliance has presented an amendment to the 2023 Social Security Financing Bill that aims to ban disposable vapour products. Meanwhile president Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance Party (formerly En Marche!) has introduced an amendment that would require the government to produce a report analysing the impact of disposable vapes on adults, young and non-smokers.

US - Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Superior Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a local by-law banning the sale of tobacco products in the town of Brookline to anyone born after 1st January 2000. The court saw no conflict between the town law and state law, which specifically allows cities and towns to restrict the sale of tobacco products.

19th October 2022 - Europe |

EU: Swedish MEP Sara Skyttedal has submitted a parliamentary question asking the European Commission whether it intends to include new nicotine products in the ongoing revision of the Tobacco Excise Directive (TED), whether it agrees that new non-tobacco nicotine products play an important role in reducing the number of smokers and, if so, how this will affect the revision of the TED. Skyttedal is a member of the Christian Democrats party, affiliated to the centre-right European People’s Party Group.

19th October 2022 - Europe, Spain |

Spain: Deputy Aina Vidal Sáez has urged the government in which her party, the left-wing Podemos, participates to regulate nicotine-free pods exactly like nicotine-containing e-cigarettes. Sáez expressed concern yesterday about pods’ flavours and their use among young people. She criticised the lack of health warnings on nicotine-free products, which are currently unregulated and therefore not subject to packaging and retail restrictions.

19th October 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |

Kazakhstan: A bill that would change the law on a number of health issues, including banning the circulation of e-cigarettes in Kazakhstan, has been posted for public consultation until 31st October.

18th October 2022 - North America, United States |
US - Federal: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a press release reviewing its activities in the last months, stating: "FDA Completes Initial Review of 95% of Non-Tobacco Nicotine Product Applications; Agency Has Issued Over 60 Warning Letters to Manufacturers, Including for Products with a Submitted Application and Negative Action."
18th October 2022 - Europe |
EU: Today is the last day to submit comments on the European Commission's published draft Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 regarding hazard classes and criteria for the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation). The amendment seeks to “insert new hazard classes and their criteria into the CLP Regulation for its adaptation to technical and scientific progress”, which may impose additional obligations on the producers of e-cigarettes in relation to additional chemicals that may be contained in a device or delivery mechanism. Feedback will be taken into account to finalise this initiative.
US - California: The Santa Rosa County District Schools has joined the lawsuit against the e-cigarette company Juul, which seeks damages for school districts nationwide impacted by student vaping. Santa Rosa is home to 180,000 people and 36% of the county's high schoolers have tried vaping, media reports. As of now, over 1,400 school districts have joined the lawsuit, but that number could grow as more districts make their decisions this month.
18th October 2022 - Asia, Bahrain |
Bahrain: The Bahraini Testing and Metrology Directorate has confirmed to ECigIntelligence that according to the Technical Regulation of Electronic Nicotine Products it is mandatory to include a production code (batch number) on all packaging. No specific format has been envisaged and importers are free to place the batch number anywhere on the package.
18th October 2022 - Belgium, Europe |
Belgium: The Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment updated the lists of positive and negative e-cigarette product notifications.
18th October 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: The Bureau of Philippine Standards, an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, has included vaping and heated tobacco products in the list of consumer goods subjected to mandatory certification to ensure they conform with the Philippine National Standards. The standards ensure product consistency in the market. The certification for vaping and heated tobacco products will be mandatory from 4th January 2024.
18th October 2022 - Europe, Italy |
Italy: The Custom 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 amounts to 21,762.
18th October 2022 - Europe, Montenegro |
Montenegro: In 2022, authorities fined 258 people for not complying with vaping/heated tobacco/tobacco usage in bars and restaurants, local press reports. The authorities do not have a precise number on how many of those were for responsible persons managing hospitality premises and how many of those were for individuals who vaped/used heated tobacco/smoked, but the practice is – according to restaurateurs – that they are the ones who are fined, not the guests. Similarly, there is no data showing how many vapers were fined compared to smokers or heated tobacco users.
18th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Trading Standards seized nearly 500 non-compliant vapour products worth over £5,000 in Hartlepool, County Durham, local media reports. The products were seized because their tank size exceeded volume restrictions. Ian Harrison, the council’s trading standards and licensing manager, said that the disposable e-cigarettes had a tank size exceeding the 2 ml limit. "The rapid emergence and increasing popularity of disposable vapes has led to a number of illegal products entering the market," added Harrison.
18th October 2022 - Czech Republic, Europe |
Czech Republic: Yesterday, the national anti-drug coordinator Jindřich Vobořil held a press conference about a new action plan in the field of addiction, media reports. The new plan has several priorities, including the regulated market for tobacco, and future taxation of e-cigarettes and nicotine pouches in particular. The government should receive the finished document with individual plans and implementation dates by the end of the year.
17th October 2022 - North America, United States |

US - general: In a letter to the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, the American Vapor Manufacturers Association (AVM) has requested an investigation into “potential unethical misconduct” by Illinois senator Richard Durbin. They believe Durbin’s repeated demands that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban all vaping products, before the agency could finish its assessment of them, violated a Senate ban on intervention in the decision-making of federal agencies.

17th October 2022 - Europe, Italy |

Italy: The Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM) has told ECigIntelligence that nicotine-free e-liquids need not be accompanied by the EC-ID number when registered with the ADM for sale. The agency explained that according to the decree implementing the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), only nicotine-containing products need to be notified through the Common Entry Gate (EU-CEG), so the EC-ID is required only for those products.

Americas: The Pan American Health Organization, the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO), has published a paper on “Taxation of novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products (HTPs, ENDS, and ENNDS) globally and in Latin America”, analysing “the evolution and market structure” of heated tobacco and e-cigarettes, with and without nicotine, and proposes “possible elements of a good tax policy approach for countries to consider”. The paper makes extensive use of ECigIntelligence data.

17th October 2022 - Czech Republic |

Czech Republic: National anti-drug coordinator Jindřich Vobořil will present a new action plan on addiction to government officials and interested members of parliament and senators today, media reports. According to Vobořil, priorities include the regulated cannabis and tobacco markets. ECigIntelligence understands the plan is based on the principle of harm reduction, as previously mentioned by officials. This could lead to the promotion of vaping and alternative tobacco products to current smokers. Voboři believes the proposal will pass and could apply as early as mid-2023.

14th October 2022 - Europe, Ireland |
Ireland: The government is considering banning disposable e-cigarettes, press reports. The minister of state, Ossian Smyth, said that he is not against vaping products but he is concerned about the littering of electronics. "You buy this thing, it's got everything in it – the battery, the vape liquid, it's a plastic tube – and when you're finished, typically people are often throwing them on the ground. I think this is a product that actually just needs to be banned completely," he added. The minister said that there will be a public consultation before any measures are taken.
14th October 2022 - North America, United States |
US - general: A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has tested the impact of vaping prevention advertisements on US adolescents. The randomised clinical trial found that vaping prevention advertisements focused on health harms and nicotine addiction led to lower susceptibility to vaping among youth in the US, while also discouraging cigarette smoking. It thus concluded that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other health authorities should try to strengthen their efforts in communicating with youth about the adverse effects of vaping.
14th October 2022 - Europe, Latvia |
Latvia: Yesterday, the Saeima (Latvia's parliament) approved in a second reading a bill amending the Tobacco Act. 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. Proposals can be submitted until 31st October and it is expected that in the following months the third and final reading will take place.
14th October 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |
Kazakhstan: The League of Consumers of Kazakhstan held a round table that brought together representatives of all interested parties and government agencies to discuss the voluntary National Standard for E-Liquids that has been in force since July 2022 (ST RK 3767-202), media reports. The League believes there are still a lot of things that need to be done with regard to the regulation of vapes, emphasising that only through joint efforts can this issue be resolved in a timely and effective manner.
13th October 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 86,607 products.