Spain: e-cigarette regulation, February 2024

Royal decree 579/2017 is the main piece of legislation regulating the manufacture, presentation and sale of nicotine e-cigarettes by transposing the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU (TPD) into domestic Spanish legislation.

For the last few years the government has been announcing its intention to amend the Tobacco Act. In April 2023, the Ministry of Health held a public consultation on e-cigarette packaging, public place usage, and nicotine-free e-cigarettes.

Following the elections in July 2023, a government led by the former prime minister Pedro Sanchez was formed in November. This means that the plans drawn up during the previous term should be implemented in the next four years.

This report offers detailed analysis of the current regulatory framework in place for e-cigarettes in Spain, covering all policy areas from product and packaging requirements to notification and taxation.

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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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