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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.

13th October 2022 - North America, United States |

US - general: Tim Andrews, director of consumer issues for the think tank Americans for Tax Reform, has said the “vaping vote” possesses immense influence, which could affect the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. He bases that claim on a survey of votes which found “two in three vapers are likely to vote for a candidate aligned with them on vaping policy”. He added: “There are 20 million adult vapers in the United States. That amounts to at least 45,000 in each Congressional district, easily enough to make the difference in a close election.”

13th October 2022 - Asia, South Korea |

South Korea: The Electronic Cigarette Association announced today that it is suing the Ministry of Health and Welfare over its 2019 recommendation to stop using e-cigarettes, press reports. “By giving a false perception that e-cigarettes are as harmful as tobacco, they are causing enormous economic and psychological damage to small business owners who sell e-cigarettes”, the association argues.

13th October 2022 - Africa, Egypt |

Egypt: The Customs Authority has issued a circular making clear that e-cigarette devices that don’t contain liquid are subject only to 14% value added tax, as laid down by Law No. 13/2020; while e-liquid, with or without nicotine, is subject to tax of EGP2 ($0.11) per ml plus 10% of the price. This confirms ECigIntelligence’s analysis.

11th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: The long-awaited tobacco control plan may not be published after all, press reports. After its publication was delayed under the previous Conservative cabinet, there are now fears that new health secretary Thérèse Coffey will give up on it altogether. This follows an interview in which Coffey said she doesn’t have a personal view on smokefree policies.

11th October 2022 - Europe, Iceland |

Iceland: The Ministry of Health has told ECigIntelligence that, for the time being, it does not plan to issue a regulation restricting the marketing of flavoured vaping products. Plans for a flavour ban were quashed when the Parliamentary Welfare Committee deleted the provision on flavours, proposed by the Ministry of Health in the first draft of a recently-enacted bill amending Act 87/2018 on E-cigarettes, Refills and Nicotine Products.

11th October 2022 - Europe, Netherlands |

Netherlands: The independent association Youth Smoking Prevention (Rookpreventie Jeugd) has reported the World Vapers’ Alliance (WVA) to the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) for alleged illegal advertising of e-cigarettes, media reports. The complaint relates to messages projected on buildings in Amsterdam in a campaign against the upcoming ban on e-cigarette flavours.

11th October 2022 - Belgium, Europe |

Belgium: The government was today presenting its 2023 Budget, which was expected to include further increases in excise duty on tobacco products over the next two years and a vapour products tax to start in 2024, media reports.

11th October 2022 - Europe, Sweden |

Sweden: The Patent and Market Appeal Court has banned the e-cigarette company Ecoswe from using attractive wording associated with fruit and sweets when marketing e-cigarettes and refill containers on its website. The company faces a fine of up to SEK500,000 (€45,500) if it fails to obey the judgement.

11th October 2022 - Europe, Portugal |

Portugal: The government has presented its Budget for 2023, which includes a proposal to increase the e-liquid tax from €0.323 to €0.336 per ml. The Budget is yet to be discussed in parliament, with a final vote scheduled for 25th November.

10th October 2022 - North America, United States |
US - General: Amanda Wheeler and Greg Conley from the American Vapor Manufacturers Association have joined RegulatorWatch to discuss the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s actions towards vape products. Conley stated that the FDA will often do what will be easiest politically for it, which drives it towards banning more things – which is why court challenges have been so important and will be more important moving forward. Wheeler also stated that while the FDA may be issuing warning letters to small businesses whenever the pressure is on, they have not seen the FDA go after companies that have made no effort whatsoever to comply with regulations. They also tackled the “big misinformation” that continues to this day about the vaping-associated lung injury – or Evali – breakout, which they say was not due to nicotine vaping products.
10th October 2022 - Europe, Slovenia |
Slovenia: On 5th October, the Ministry of Finance opened the comment period for a regulation that seeks to set out new applicable excise duties for e-liquids. The regulation proposes an increase of €0.01 per ml for nicotine-free e-liquids (from €0.08 to €0.09). For nicotine-containing e-liquids, currently taxed at €0.18 per ml, the new applicable excise duty would be €0.19/ml from 1st December 2022 to 31st March 2023, €0.20/ml from 1st April 2023 to 31st October 2023, and €0.21/ml from 1st November 2023. The comment period ends on 12th October 2022.
10th October 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: Prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that Parliament will be dissolved today, paving the way for general elections, which are reportedly expected to be held in early November. The dissolution of the Parliament quashes the Ministry of Health's plans to re-table the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 in Parliament, which sought to ban the sale of vaping products to anyone born after 2007.
US - Michigan: The University of Michigan announced it “will prohibit the use of all tobacco products on all of its campuses effective Nov. 17, in conjunction with the Great American Smokeout”. The update will ban e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products, which are not included in the current policy.
7th October 2022 - North America, United States |
US - General: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released federal data from the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) on e-cigarette use among US youth. The findings show that use of e-cigarettes among young people remains high, with 2.5 m (9.4%) of the nation’s middle and high school students reporting current e-cig use. FDA commissioner Robert Califf said: “The FDA remains deeply concerned about e-cigarette use among our nation’s youth. It’s clear that we still have a serious public health problem that threatens the years of progress we have made combatting youth tobacco product use. We cannot and will not let our guard down on this issue. The FDA remains steadfast in its commitment to using the full range of our authorities to address youth e-cigarette use head-on.”
7th October 2022 - Asia, China |
China: The tobacco administration will accept objections from existing e-cigarette manufacturers starting tomorrow (8th October) until 31st October 2022. The tobacco administration published a notice reiterating that e-cigarettes made exclusively for export must comply with the regulations of the destination country or region. If the destination country does not have relevant laws, the products must comply with Chinese rules. E-cigarette manufacturers with a tobacco monopoly manufacturer’s licence who engage in exports should make export filings in the electronic cigarette trading management platform.
6th October 2022 - Europe, Sweden |

Sweden: The Public Health Agency has updated the publicly available list of notified e-cigarettes and refill containers, now containing 12,234 products.

6th October 2022 - Colombia, South America |

Colombia: President Gustavo Petro has decided not to tax e-cigarettes, press reports. Medical societies had been urging the government to include a tax on e-liquids in his tax reform plans and some members of the Chamber of Representatives have already criticised the decision not to do so.

US - Oregon: Portland Public Schools district is suing Juul, accusing the e-cigarette maker of intentionally targeting youth, enticing them with kid-friendly flavours, and employing deceitful advertising practices, local media reports. “PPS is committed to the health and well-being of our students,” the district said. “We’re proud to demonstrate this commitment by becoming the first school district in Oregon to join the Juul lawsuit. The defendants’ predatory practices have victimized students our students and we have a responsibility to hold them accountable for the harm they have caused our community.”

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.

5th October 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |

Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Shura Council has amended the Anti-Smoking Law, raising the purchasing and distribution age for all tobacco products from 18 to 21, press reports. The amendments also stipulate that designated areas for tobacco use and vaping will also be reserved to those aged 21 and above.

5th October 2022 - Europe, Lithuania |

Lithuania: bill to strengthen the Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department (NTAKD)’s power to shut downillegal advertising and internet sales of tobacco and tobacco-related products, including e-cigarette products, has been introduced in parliament. If it is passed, the NTAKD will have the power to order internet and network service providers to remove the illegal content. 

5th October 2022 - Estonia, Europe |

Estonia: The Health Board has updated the list of notified e-cigarette products, which now contains 44,787 vapour products. A list of notified products that do not comply with the Tobacco Act has also been published.

5th October 2022 - Europe, Germany |

Germany: The Federal Joint Committee responsible for defining what drugs statutorily insured people are entitled to has told ECigIntelligence that it has not yet decided whether e-cigarettes will be included as a smoking cessation drug. Discussions on the question were due to take place this year.

5th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: The City of York Council has launched a campaign until the end of the year, offering free support as well as free patches, gum and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to young people aged 12-17 who vape or smoke.

5th October 2022 - North America, United States |

US - general: Juul Labs is beginning talks for funding a potential Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reports. Anonymous sources have reported that the company has engaged in informal talks, with formal discussions expected to progress in the coming days. The preparations are not final, as a spokesperson for Juul stated they are also considering other avenues. “We will continue the preparation process for both a restructuring and other strategic options as we determine what path is best for our company,” the spokesperson said.

5th October 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: A parliamentary special select committee (PSSC) tabled a statement in parliament today on the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022, agreeing that the proposed Generational Endgame ban on the sale of tobacco and vaping products is constitutional, and that a separate regulation for non-combustible alternatives is not required. Among proposed amendments, the PSSC has agreed to drop the provision banning the possession of vaping products. The likelihood of the bill passing remains unclear, due to reported speculation that Parliament will be dissolved soon to make way for general elections.

3rd October 2022 - Denmark, Europe |
Denmark: The previously reported plan to ban access to tobacco and nicotine products for anyone born in or after 2010, presented in April by the Health Ministry, is unlikely to be approved before the elections. In an alleged government crisis, prime minister Mette Frederiksen is expected to call general elections no later than 4th October 2022. The centre-left and government supporter Danish Social Liberal Party has said that if the deadline is not respected, the party will present a vote of no confidence in the prime minister.
3rd October 2022 - Bulgaria, Europe |
Bulgaria: With 99% of the ballots counted, partial official results show former prime minister Boyko Borissov's centre-right GERB party winning with 25.4% in Sunday's election, the fourth in less than two years. Its main rival, Kiril Petkov's reformist We Continue the Change, whose coalition cabinet collapsed in June, came second with 20.2%. The makeup of the new government coalition is still unclear. Since the two most-voted parties have been in the government in recent years, no big changes are expected to the country’s vaping policy.
3rd October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Liverpool city councillors passed a motion to fight the rising number of young people vaping, local media reports. Focusing on the poorer areas of Liverpool, this entails cracking down on illegal sales to under-18s, identifying vape-addicted children in schools, and offering them support from the stop smoking service, Smoke Free Liverpool.
3rd October 2022 - Europe, Latvia |
Latvia: Parliamentary elections took place on 1st October, with the centre-right coalition alliance, New Unity, obtaining the largest number of votes, press reports. New Unity, to which the current prime minister belongs, obtained 18.97% of the votes. It is likely that other alliances such as the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) or the centre-right National Alliance (NA) will join New Unity in the government. Therefore, since it is likely that the same alliance will run the country, no big changes are expected to the country’s vaping policy.
3rd October 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: Yesterday, 2nd October, former deputy minister of health (2018-2020) and current MP for the main opposing coalition, Lee Boon Chye, called for vaping products to be regulated separately from other traditional tobacco products, while talking about the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022. He added: "Even though there is early evidence to show that vaping and e-cigarettes, when properly regulated, are much safer than cigarettes in the short term, the long term effect is still uncertain."
3rd October 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: A motion to postpone the presentation of the parliamentary special select committee (PSSC) report on the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 to 6th October has been approved today, press reports. The report on the bill, which seeks to ban the sale of vaping products to anyone born after 2007, was expected to be presented today. It is still unclear if the actual bill will be tabled in Parliament on the same day, before the expected tabling of the Budget 2023 takes place on 7th October.
3rd October 2022 - North America, United States |
US - Federal: The Food and Drug Administration (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 in the market.
3rd October 2022 - Brazil, South America |
BrazilNone of the presidential candidates achieved the majority needed to win the election in the first round yesterday (2nd October). The second round, which will take place on 30th October, will decide between the current president Jair Bolsonaro (43% votes) from the right-wing Liberal Party, and Luis Inácio Lula da Silva (48% votes) from the left-wing Workers' Party. Although neither candidate has expressed their opinion towards new products, both parties have defended strict policies regarding tobacco regulation, as shown in our Policy Radar.
3rd October 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 284,661 vapour products. Only products notified at least six months ago are listed.
3rd October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Salford City Council has announced that over 77,000 illegal e-cigarettes have been seized from a business in Broughton (Greater Manchester). This was the 13th raid in a year, amounting to more than 120,000 non-compliant or counterfeit e-cigs seized, the value of which is estimated at £1.2m. The authority's spokesman stated: “Switching to vaping can help some smokers quit completely but we strongly discourage any non-smokers from taking up vaping, particularly young people.”
30th September 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: The “Nicotine vaping in England: 2022 evidence update” was published today, reiterating that vaping poses a small fraction of the risks of smoking for both toxicant exposure and potential risks for causing nicotine dependence. The report states that there is a lack of evidence on whether flavours pose health risks, but also that cinnamaldehyde is a cause of concern and that the regulatory bodies should review its use in e-liquids.
30th September 2022 - Africa, Egypt |
Egypt: Tomorrow, 1st October, is the deadline given to companies manufacturing, importing and distributing tobacco and its alternatives to affix prices on tobacco products, e-cigarettes and tobacco alternatives using a QR code, in accordance with the Egyptian Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) Resolution No. 125 of 2021.
30th September 2022 - Asia, China |
China: On 1st October, the e-cigarette standard will enter into effect. Today, the tobacco administration published several documents regulating retroactive QR code labels and further clarifying the rules for foreign production companiesexpansion of e-cigarette production capacities, and production licensing. Please note that access to official Chinese websites is not available outside of China.
30th September 2022 - Denmark, Europe |
Denmark: As of 1st October, all e-cigarettes – including those manufactured before 1st October 2021 – must comply with standardised packaging regulations.
30th September 2022 - North America, United States |
US - general: Altria Group has disclosed in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that it plans to end the non-compete agreement with Juul, press reports. Altria stated: "We believe the decision to terminate our noncompete maximizes our flexibility to compete in the e-vapor space while maintaining our economic interest in JUUL." More information can be found in our news briefing.
30th September 2022 - Canada, North America |
Canada: On 1st October, the federal excise duty on vaping products will start applying. The rate of CAD1 (USD0.73) per 2 ml, or fraction thereof, is charged for the first 10 ml. For e-liquids exceeding 10 ml, a rate of CAD1 (USD0.73) per 10 ml, or fraction thereof, is charged.
30th September 2022 - North America, United States |
US - general: Juul's chief regulatory officer, Joe Murillo, has criticised the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s approach towards vaping regulation during a tobacco conference, press report. “Fly-by-night companies have flooded the market with illegally marketed products,” Murillo said. “These products flout laws and regulations and present a public health danger. While we’ve seen progress, regulators need to improve and prioritize effective enforcement.”
29th September 2022 - Europe |

EU: ECigIntelligence has today launched its third Survey on New Nicotine Products in the EU. We are asking Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) about their views on e-cigarettes, heated tobacco and nicotine pouches and their regulation. Consolidated results will be published, comparing the results with similar surveys carried out in the past two years. This year’s survey is especially relevant given the current policy debates on the topic. In both previous surveys, there was a clear correlation between higher levels of knowledge about novel nicotine products and lower perceived risk. Though the exact degrees of correlation varied by product category, the overall picture was consistent: those who were aware of and had some knowledge of a given category considered it less risky, compared to smoking combustibles, than those unfamiliar with it.

29th September 2022 - Asia, China |

China: Ahead of the implementation on Saturday, 1st October, of the new national standard for e-cigarette products, the tobacco administration has published a notice reiterating that e-cigarettes intended for export must comply with the regulations of the destination country or region. If the destination country does not have relevant laws, the products must comply with Chinese rules. E-cigarette manufacturers with a tobacco monopoly manufacturer's licence who are engaging in exports should make export filings through the electronic cigarette trading management platform. The administration will accept objections from existing e-cigarette manufacturers from 8th to 31st October.

29th September 2022 - Russia, World |

Russia: Sholban Kara-ool, deputy speaker of the State Duma, from the governing United Russia faction, has told the Tass news agency that a ban on e-cigarettes would not work. He said what was needed was public recognition of the harmfulness of substances contained in vapour products.

Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU): The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission decided last week to introduce traceability marking for e-cigarettes throughout the EAEU. The five member states Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia will reportedly determine individually their own procedure and enforcement dates.

29th September 2022 - Central America, Costa Rica |

Costa Rica:bill imposing neutral packaging for tobacco products, including e-cigarettes both with and without nicotine, has received the approval of the Legislative Assembly Social Affairs Committee, press reportsThe bill, which would also ban advertising and increase the size of health warnings from 50% to 80% of the package area, will now go to the full Assembly to be voted on in two debates.

29th September 2022 - Europe, France |

France: The Ministry of Health has told a French journalist that disposable e-cigarettes are under scrutiny by the health authorities. The ministry also confirmed that contrary to rumour the proposed increase in taxes on tobacco products, linking planned rises to inflation, does not apply to vaping products.