Regulatory report: Venezuela, November 2021

Venezuela has taken a major step in deciding to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes, implementing regulation covering many important aspects of their sale, advertising and public use.

It is uncertain what direction the government will take in the coming months, since it seldom discloses information about its legislative plans. However, the preamble to Resolution No.025 mentions the risks posed by e-cigarettes and speaks of the state’s need to grant protection against products that can be regarded as harmful or dangerous, which might suggest an attitude antagonistic to vaping.

We expect the government to adopt more restrictive regulations in the future, although we do not know when that is likely to be. We expect it to reject a harm reduction approach and instead focus its efforts on the protection of e-cigarette users by adopting more tobacco-like regulations. So far, however, the approach has been lenient and guided by the products’ harm profile. Some aspects that are not covered by the current regulation such as product restrictions and notification procedures will probably be introduced in the future.

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Laura Garay Gómez

Legal analyst
Laura holds a Master’s degree in Public Law from the University of Seville, Spain, where she mainly specialised in International Law and Administrative Law and a Master's degree in Law and Legal Practice from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She has also studied International and European Law at the University of Helsinki, Finland, under the Erasmus Programme. She has worked as an intern at the ACO Office of Legal Affairs for NATO in Mons, Belgium; as international entity management coordinator for a multinational in Warsaw, Poland; and as legal assistant in a law firm in Seville. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Roman law in modern European legal history at the University of Seville.

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