Regulatory report: Q&A – China’s proposed tobacco law amendment

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released the decision on amending the Regulations for the Implementation of the Law on Tobacco Monopoly of the People’s Republic of China at the end of March.

The new draft amendment would regulate tobacco-alternative products, including e-cigarettes, as traditional tobacco threatens big changes to the local vapour market.

Following conversations with several industry insiders and the local authorities, this report aims to provide a basic understanding of the recent developments in China.

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Table of contents

  1. Executive summary
  2. Introduction
  3. What is the proposed regulatory amendment?
  4. Which norms may be amended?
  5. What are e-cigarettes and “other new tobacco products”?
  6. What would the amendment change in relation to e-cigs and other nicotine product regulations?
  7. What about technical standards for e-cigarettes?
  8. What do we expect to happen next?
  9. Is this a positive or negative development?
  10. Do we expect any other legal developments?

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