The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) has launched an online resource centre providing science-based, standards-mapped materials that teachers can use to help their students understand the dangers of vaping and nicotine addiction
Scientists studying nicotine levels in disposable e-cigs found claims weren’t always backed up by facts. In fact, if their sample is truly representative and their methods accurate, vapers may be getting sold short
Analysis of Tamarind Intelligence’s newly launched Policy Radar product captures in detail the current regulatory framework for leading markets globally and enables us to forecast the evolution of regulation over the next five years
This report provides a detailed overview of the current regulatory framework in Poland for e-cigarettes and related products, as well as possible future changes to the regime
Vaping industry representatives have accused the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of “creating a fake panic” with a warning over illegal flavoured nicotine gummies
This report will analyse if any of the upcoming tobacco-related regulations may be challenged under the major questions doctrine, including the menthol ban and the policy relating to nicotine levels
This report offers a detailed overview of the Russian vape market, covering everything from, market size and vaping population to e-liquids and hardware
This report provides a comprehensive overview of the current regulatory regime in place in Luxembourg for e-cigarettes and their related products
Explore the most significant nicotine strengths, categories and formats offered by leading brands and top websites for Canada’s e-cigarette market by navigating our interactive and user-friendly visualisations.
Explore the most significant nicotine strengths, categories and formats offered by leading brands and top websites for France’s e-cigarette market by navigating our interactive and user-friendly visualisations.
Explore the most significant nicotine strengths, categories and formats offered by leading brands and top websites for Germany’s e-cigarette market by navigating our interactive and user-friendly visualisations.
Explore the most significant nicotine strengths, categories and formats offered by leading brands and top websites for Italy’s e-cigarette market by navigating our interactive and user-friendly visualisations.
Explore the most significant nicotine strengths, categories and formats offered by leading brands and top websites for Russia’s e-cigarette market by navigating our interactive and user-friendly visualisations.
Explore the most significant nicotine strengths, categories and formats offered by leading brands and top websites for the UK e-cigarette market by navigating our interactive and user-friendly visualisations.
Explore the most significant nicotine strengths, categories and formats offered by leading brands and top websites for the US e-cigarette market by navigating our interactive and user-friendly visualisations.
Questions are sure to arise as to how any mandatory reduction in nicotine in combustibles might affect e-cigarettes too, either in the form of increased (or reduced) competition or possible parallel regulation
This report provides a detailed overview of the regulatory framework in place for e-cigs and related products, covering all policy areas from taxation and notification to retail channel restrictions and packaging rules
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actions in the name of public health threaten to have the opposite effect by leaving the vaping sector in the hands of big tobacco, a vaping association claims
Most tobacco companies are keen to be seen supporting the concept of harm reduction, especially through reduced-risk products like e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn and pouches. But how far is their support for the idea actually having an effect on their activities right now, as well as their future direction?
This report analyses whether US states are considering the different harm profiles of tobacco products (which can include e-cigarettes) when taxing them, in order to encourage consumption of lower-risk products
Speaking at the launch of the seventh edition of the Atlas, US public health scholar Jeffrey Drope suggested that new nicotine technologies are “a huge distraction” which have “confused governments, the public health community and the public”
Synthetic nicotine, and nicotine-free e-liquids, will be banned in China from 1st October, when the country’s standard for e-cigarettes takes effect, potentially have a major impact on worldwide supplies
The new US federal legislation has brought synthetic nicotine products under the oversight of the FDA, so all synthetic nicotine products must go through a premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) process
A study warning that vaping may have countered the decline in US youth nicotine usage has been strongly criticised by two professors of health psychology for flawed methods and wrong focus
While synthetic nicotine has become the focus of much controversy, demonised as a public health risk, its currently poor reputation derives more from bureaucracy than from the substance itself
The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) has published a number of papers which will be of particular interest to the e-cigarette sector. Here are some of the highlights
ECigIntelligence has put together a timeline outlining the major points to look out for over the summer as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) brings synthetic nicotine into the PMTA process
This regulatory report provides a comprehensive overview of the current regulations in place for e-cigarettes in Croatia, covering aspects such as taxation, labelling and packaging, public usage and more
Is nicotine really the big baddie when it comes to tobacco products and their alternatives? Some people in positions of authority – people you might think ought to know better – still seem to think so
The recent nicotine cap has shaken up the Canadian e-liquid market, with the upcoming flavour ban set to change it even more in the future
The report takes a look at the Indonesian market as a whole, covering everything from hardware and e-liquids to market size and retail channels
In Portugal nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are regulated in accord with the EU Tobacco Products Directive. Taxation is among the highest in Europe, advertising is banned and public usage is restricted
This market snapshot for Ukraine covers key indicators: recent, present and forecast market size; regulation level; an overview of the top available brands, form factors, retail distribution, prices and affordability
The granting of RJ Reynolds’s PMTAs for its Vuse Solo e-cigarette device and two of its pods is very big news for the US vaping industry, its supporters, its customers, and its opponents
This report provides insights and comparisons into the disposables e-cigarette segment in Canada, Russia, UK and the US
Canada’s vape shops have not yet seen any sharp drop in sales since the country capped nicotine concentration but many are wondering what may happen when high-strength e-liquids are no longer available
The Canadian government is imposing a nicotine cap on vaping products, bringing the country in line with the 20 mg/ml maximum that applies in Europe
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s lower house has passed a bill that will harmonise the country’s tobacco regulation with the standards of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)
The END ENDS Act – it sounds like an existential threat to the whole e-cigarette industry in the US. Or at least an end to the legal e-cigarette industry. The reality is rather less extreme
The top local UK brands did not start offering nicotine salts until Q3 2018, but since then they have grown in importance
This report looks at the UK online channel, with the aim of gauging changes in consumer preferences. This is done by studying the gradual evolution of products offered on the most visited online vape retailers in the UK
News that the Biden administration is considering reducing nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes in the US has affected stock prices in the UK – and has potentially interesting implications for the vaping market
This report is part of a series focusing on general characteristics, patterns and attitudes of Canadian vapers, based on an online survey carried out in January 2021
ECigIntelligence surveyed a group of MEPs to find out their views on new nicotine products such as e-cigarettes (vaping), heated tobacco and nicotine pouches
A new study has found that the use of high-strength nicotine e-cigarettes can help adults with schizophrenia spectrum disorders quit smoking. And that can be both a life-saver and a life-improver
Open systems and high-nicotine e-cigarette products would be banned under the latest set of proposals from a World Health Organization (WHO) committee
Canada’s Department of Health is proposing to lower the maximum nicotine concentration in vaping products to “contribute to reducing the appeal” to youth, while new flavour restrictions are also under consideration
Canada’s second-largest province has become the latest to announce an intention to restrict flavours and limit nicotine levels in vaping products
Can synthetic nicotine possibly be classified as tobacco? At the most straightforward level, the answer has to be “no”. But it’s a bit more complicated than that
Synthetic nicotine, created from chemicals in a lab, not derived from tobacco, is not a specifically regulated product in the US so its legal status is subject to interpretation, as outlined in detail in this report
The Norwegian government is working on a new proposal to create a tax scheme for vaping products as part of its plans to legalise nicotine-containing e-cigarettes by 2021
Nicotine e-cigarettes can be more effective than other more traditional methods in helping smokers to quit the habit for at least six months, the latest Cochrane review of the subject has concluded
Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, is seeking to pass legislation equating tobacco-alternative products to conventional cigarettes and other restrictions in line with the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)
Juul is being sued in courts across the US. Most of the cases brought by individuals, states, or school districts have many allegations in common – and the consequences could affect the whole e-cigarette industry
Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has relaxed its position on e-cigarettes, deciding they can be available legally from pharmacies if prescribed by a doctor “to support smoking cessation”
This report takes an in-depth look at the Russian online channel, combining the data from our brand and flavour and nicotine trackers, which includes all e-liquid products carried by the top five Russian online retailers
A joint regulation of e-cigarettes that will apply across Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is expected to be adopted by 2022 – but there is some scepticism about the timescale
British Columbia’s vaping industry is scrambling after the western Canadian province recently announced new regulations amid the prediction that the new rules could lead to shortages of some e-liquids
Our survey report provides an overview of e-cigarette consumer habits in the UK and analyses the future of the country’s vaping sector, including our forecast of how it is likely to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic
This report focuses on consumer journey in the vape category, in particular looking at multi-device usage, and nicotine and flavour behaviour
This market snapshot for Ukraine covers key indicators: recent, present and forecast market size; regulation level; an overview of the top available brands, form factors, retail distribution, prices and affordability
The German Bundesrat, the legislative body that represents the country’s 16 Länder (states) at federal level, will vote in September on a law that will introduce further restrictions on nicotine-free e-liquids
A California-based company is seeking US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorisation to market what it calls the first “vapour-style inhalable” nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) device
Voters in the US state of Colorado will decide in November whether to enact a new tax on vapour products after the state legislature agreed to put a taxation scheme for nicotine products to the ballot
The newly elected taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland, Micheál Martin, has a more restrictive approach to tobacco-alternative products among his policy priorities, as laid out in the coalition government’s five-year plan
Hong Kong will reintroduce a bill to ban tobacco-alternative products after local elections in September. The Legislative Council halted discussions on the existing bill due to a lack of time
The ban on all e-cigarette imports into Australia that was due to come into force next week has now been delayed until January 2021
This report outlines current national regulation of e-cigarettes and e-liquids in Malta, the smallest country in the European Union
Canada could soon have provincial vaping laws from coast to coast after Alberta, the one province without its own law, tabled legislation to crack down on where vaping products can be sold and who can purchase them
This report offers an analysis of the current regulatory regime for e-cigarettes in Costa Rica, covering everything from product and age restrictions, to labelling and packaging, advertising, and taxation
The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is to limit the nicotine concentration in e-cigs to 20 mg/ml. And with no federal regulation on the issue, some other provinces are considering a similar approach
This report provides an overview of the current regulatory landscape for e-cigarettes in Finland, including advertising and marketing restrictions, notification obligations and product restrictions
This report details current regulation of e-cigarettes in South Korea, one of the world’s most highly developed economies, and outlines ways in which the government is seeking to tighten controls
E-cigarettes are are currently covered in Paraguay by only one regulatory decision, and though the government is developing regulations, this has been delayed by COVID-19
This report is one of a series of studies from our online survey carried out in February 2020. It explores Italian consumer e-liquid preferences, choices and behaviours based on a sample of over 500 respondents
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is still an undeveloped market, but with great opportunities for the vaping industry. This report covers the current vape market as it stands in the country with analysis and interpretation of both the online and offline channels
ECigIntelligence collected responses from 481 e-cig users who use open system e-cigarettes in the UK, with the aim to better understand what types of device they use, brand, nicotine strength, where they buy their e-liquid and what their spend is
ECigIntelligence collected responses from over 500 e-cig users who use pre-filled e-cigarettes (closed system) in the UK with the aim of better understanding what types of device they use, brand, nicotine strength and what they spend
This report focuses on the main changes that occurred in the Russian e-cigarette market throughout 2018 and 2019. It covers marketing size, vaping population, purchase channels, top brands, factors affecting the market and attitudes to the industry
This regulatory report covers the current restrictions in place in Hungary, focusing on aspects such as age restrictions, tax, enforcement, labelling and packaging, plus more
This market report covers the latest update of the Italian notification list that was published in November 2019, analysing the impact of the recent tax changes as well as discussing similarities and differences to previous years
ECigIntelligence gained access to a series of documents disclosed by the EU after a freedom of information request that contained its recent conversations with the tobacco and vaping industries. This report summarises the main points
The market report on Russia explores consumer e-liquid preferences, choices and behaviours based on our consumer survey conducted between November and December 2019
A change of mind on vaping by the World Health Organization (WHO) is essential if the potential of tobacco harm reduction is to be fully achieved, according to a new report from British advocacy group Knowledge•Action•Change
This report is one of a series of studies that deals with e-cigarette users’ product choices and behaviour, specifically focusing on general patterns of e-cigarette consumption and attitudes of Russian users towards vaping
Juul Labs has halted production of most of its flavoured vaping pods in Canada in anticipation of imminent plans by federal authorities to enact stricter regulations on vaping products
The South Korean Board of Audit and Inspection says it tested ten e-liquids labelled as having less than 1% nicotine and found half of them in fact contained more than that
This ECigIntelligence market snapshot for Switzerland covers key indicators such as recent, present and predicted market size, an indication of regulation level and an overview of the top available brands
The root of the US lung illness outbreak is now believed to lie in vaping of cannabis oils, but the damage to e-cigs’ reputation goes on – as do efforts to restrict vaping, especially flavoured products. Here is the story so far
Ukraine could be the next country to introduce an excise tax burden on vaping products, although as it stands excise tax will apply only to heated tobacco from January 2020
The US Senate has confirmed cancer specialist Stephen Hahn as the new US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner
This market snapshot for Norway covers key indicators: recent, present and forecast market size; regulation level; an overview of the top available brands, form factors, retail distribution, prices and affordability
This report provides an overview of Kazakhstan’s regulatory framework. Although the country has not yet implemented regulation for e-cigarettes and heated tobacco, controls are expected in the near future
Palo Alto, in the San Francisco Bay Area, could be the next Californian city to adopt a ban on vaping products
This ECigIntelligence market snapshot for Chile covers key indicators such as recent, present and predicted market size, an indication of regulation level and an overview of the top available brands
The ECigIntelligence consumer survey has highlighted that there is a significantly higher percentage of Canadians that have tried iQOS compared to US respondents. This is probably because IQOS was not launched in the US at the time of data collection. See our full comparison of the heated tobacco consumer preferences in the US and Canada […]
This ECigIntelligence market snapshot for Malaysia covers key indicators such as recent, present and predicted market size, an indication of regulation level and an overview of the top available brands
The New York State health commissioner continues to change policy on vaping, with the state Department of Health planning to offer e-cigarette users specialised cessation support programmes
Our latest regulatory report for Bulgaria details the general regulatory framework for the country, as well as providing recent updates for national regulation, labelling and packaging, obligation to notify and public usage, taxation and enforcement
A recent study by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment has revealed that the Netherlands has an enormous amount of e-liquids and flavours to choose from, prompting futher calls for restrictions
This ECigIntelligence market snapshot for Colombia covers key indicators such as recent, present and predicted market size, an indication of regulation level and an overview of the top available brands
The ECigIntelligence consumer survey, analysing Canadian consumer flavour and brand preferences, has found that Juul is the most popular brand among the respondents. You can read the full report here. Original publication: 24th September 2019
This report explores the e-cigarette landscape in seven different Latin American markets to identify current trends and future opportunities
E-cigarette regulation in Florida is limited and focused mainly on preventing minors from accessing the products. This report provides information on the various restrictions in place in the state in relation to e-cigs
ECigIntelligence were able to elucidate the average pre-filled pod/tank consumption for different age groups in the US and Canada. The US 25-49’s are consuming more than the average where as in Canada 18-24’s consume more than the average, with respect to the independent average in each country. For the full comparison of the consumer habits […]
The 2018-19 National Survey for Wales on adult smoking and e-cigarette use shows that e-cigarettes are the most popular tool among Welsh adults to help them in quitting smoking
Chinese e-cigarette companies have been caught in the country’s first civil court case for allegedly claiming that their vaping products pose no or little harm to people’s health
This ECigIntelligence market snapshot for Canada covers key indicators: market size; regulation level; an overview of the top available brands, form factors, retail distribution split, prices and affordability
This report provides information on the current status of local bans and restrictions on e-cigarettes and e-cig flavours in the 21 largest cities in the US
This report provides an overview of harm-reduction policies with regards to tobacco use from 18 selected countries from around the world
Canada’s Tobacco and Vaping Products Act became law in May 2018, bringing nationwide regulation of e-cigarettes to the country for the first time. The act leaves wide scope for further clarifying regulation
ECigIntelligence takes a look at the rules and regulations governing the e-cig market in North Macedonia, including the new laws that have come into effect in 2019 and how ties with EU regulations are getting closer
This report provides updates to our previous report that examined heated tobacco tax laws in EU countries where HnB products have been launched or specific laws introduced, and what would happen in countries where neither has yet occurred
Electronic cigarettes are now legal in Saudi Arabia and regulated in a similar way to Europe. This report outlines the regulations and restrictions in all areas, including advertising, tax, enforcement, packaging and labelling, and public usage
More than four out of five adult smokers in the US favour requiring tobacco companies to lower the levels of nicotine in cigarettes to make them less addictive, researchers have found
Two UK professors of psychology have called for e-cigarette research to adopt “open science” practices to improve the standard of research and to prevent bias
This report seeks to understand current and potential IQOS users’ profiles and preferences by comparing survey results from Canada and the US
The ban on flavoured nicotine e-cigarettes in Michigan has been put on hold after a judge issued an injunction barring governor Gretchen Whitmer from enforcing the prohibition until further notice
A new proposal regarding e-cigs could bring fresh restrictions and enforcement if approved. This report explores recent updates to current regulations in Greece
Flavoured vaping products, including those containing CBD and THC, are to be banned in Montana under a 120-day emergency rule from 22nd October
Legislation to restrict the use of e-cigarettes in Colombia is picking up momentum, with a final vote in Congress expected by the end of the year
Respiratory effects of e-cigs have been a concern since their introduction, but there is a consistent lack of evidence for any substantial harm – and despite perceptions, the current US lung illness outbreak doesn’t change that
Oregon governor Kate Brown has issued an executive order prohibiting the sale of all flavoured vaping products in the state, “including those containing nicotine or THC”
The current government in Spain has proposed to regulate vaping, but this could change following the results of the upcoming November elections
Pennsylvania is one of the least vaper-friendly states in the US following an amendment to the Tax Reform Code. This report provides a comprehensive summary of regulations in the state
This report provides a comprehensive overview of the regulatory landscape for vapour products in Slovakia, including information relating to age, retail and product restrictions
The South African government has publicly taken a radical stance against e-cigarettes, promising to restrict them in the same way as tobacco. This report covers regulatory areas including advertising and marketing, tax and enforcement
This ECigIntelligence market snapshot for Israel covers key indicators such as recent, present and predicted market size, an indication of regulation level and an overview of the top available brands
Acting US FDA commissioner Ned Sharpless told a House hearing there would be no blanket e-cigarette flavour ban in response to the country’s outbreak of lung illness
Local authorities across South Korea are carrying out patrols to enforce regulations against smoking, vaping and use of heat-not-burn (HnB) products in a wide range of public places
This report explores pre-filled device purchase channels, most popular brands, flavour and nicotine preferences
Public health authorities across the 50 US states are using language that ranges from moderate to dramatic in the advice they offer about the recent outbreak of lung illness
This report reveals the findings from two consumer surveys that we ran in order to explore usage and purchase patterns of pre-filled system users in Canada and the US
It has been reported that increasing numbers of US school students are being exposed to second-hand vapour from e-cigarettes, triggering negative publicity for the industry
A new tax regime in Poland has been delayed until 2020, while the notification process has been tightened up but some areas of reguation still appear open to interpretation
This report looks at the latest rules and regulations in the Netherlands, featuring updates regarding advertising and marketing, packaging and labelling, notifications and taxation
Albania is among the first countries in the Western Balkans to adapt their domestic tobacco legislation to match the EU requirements outlined in the TPD
The possible addition of another 19 toxins to the US list of harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs) is generating uncertainty among vaping companies
Huge ads for Myblu are turning heads at Hamburg central railway station – before a pending update of German advertising law that could spell an end to such campaigns
Concerned mothers across the US, perhaps taking their lead from the news, blame vaping for seizures apparently suffered by their teenage children. The evidence, however, is far from clear
Smoking rates, toxic e-liquids, fears about DNA damage and weight gain, and a chemical warning over Juul flavours are assessed in ECigIntelligence’s round-up of the latest e-cig studies
Unproven but strongly suggested links between vaping and severe health problems in young people have been breaking out all over the US, raising conflicting fears and unanswered questions
A group of vapers sat down with ECigIntelligence to share their views on closed pods, heated tobacco and the environmental impact of such systems
In our latest look at the market in South Korea, we find that vaping numbers are up and several new products have been launched
In this report we return to Canada to look at the differences between chain stores and independents, what they sell and how often
A US Congress hearing on Juul’s role in the rise of youth vaping has heard that “we don’t need more studies” because a pressure group of outraged parents have “the truth” on their side
Following on from our 2017 study, we return to Poland to see which vapour products have been notified by which manufacturers
The Hungarian parliament is considering reducing tax on nicotine-containing e-liquids, while bringing in taxation and other restrictions on those without nicotine
Moves are afoot in Chile to regulate electronic cigarettes by making them equivalent to conventional cigarettes in the eyes of the law
In our latest look at the Spanish e-cig market, we considers the reasons behind the market’s recovery and what the future might hold
In this updated report on Slovenia we explain how the rules around advertising and the country’s tax regime have evolved
A proposal to extend Germany’s ban on tobacco advertising to outdoor and cinema advertising is being considered, alongside a proposal to exempt e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products
The Malaysian Ministry of Health is working on a framework for the regulation of e-cigarettes, and expects to put a proposal before parliament at the end of 2019. In the meantime
Lawmakers in New York State have proposed a new round of restrictions on e-cigarettes and nicotine products
Our analysis of online retail of closed system e-cig products in the US covers three categories: disposables, rechargeable cigalikes and pre-filled tank/pod systems
The legal classification of e-cigarettes in Indonesia is not entirely clear, as in different situations they may fall under either tobacco law or consumer product regulation
In the growing Italian heated tobacco market two big brands are vying for shelf-space: IQOS and Glo
This report explores consumer e-liquid preferences, choices and behaviours based on our consumer survey conducted in December 2018. As the respondents were members of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), we believe most respondents were interested in the vaping sector and would potentially have higher levels of consumption
PMI is getting into the life insurance business by creating a subsidiary which offers discounts for switching from smoking to heated tobacco or e-cigarettes
In our latest look at the French market we find that the French notification list now contains more than 30,000 vapour products, and consists mostly of e-liquids with more than 800 brands — the majority of which are French
Research into e-cigarettes reaffirms that the scientific basis for harm reduction is essentially sound although gaps in knowledge remain, according to Ian Jones, vice-president of Japan Tobacco International (JTI)
Our updated report outlines the rules governing e-cigarettes in Portugal, where they have been regulated since 2016 according to the European TPD, and how the regulations are applied
In our latest look at e-cig regulations in Australia, we find that at the national level, nicotine is treated as a poison, and all nicotine-containing products for therapeutic use must be approved as “registered” medicines
Outgoing US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb has linked e-cigarettes with a “potential emerging safety issue” after reports linking vaping with seizures, particularly among young people
ECigIntelligence’s director of market analysis, Eva Antal, presents key findings from our advanced vaper survey undertaken in 2018 in the US
While the Italian government has taken a positive stance on vapour products, a tax of €0.08 per ml now applies to nicotine-containing products, and €0.04 per ml for zero-nicotine products
A popular Chinese TV show, exposing shortcomings in the country’s e-cigarette industry, has already had an impact on the stock market, and may have major repercussions for future regulation
After being for some time the only EU member state to allow only nicotine-containing e-cigarettes on the market, Greece has taken a step forward by regulating the sale of nicotine-free vapour products
As much as 90% of the US e-cigarette market could be forced out of business by the FDA’s restrictions on flavours in e-liquids, according to an industry insider
In our updated look at the regulatory landscape in Belgium we find that new product-specific regulation includes severe restrictions on retail, including an online sales ban, as well as product, packaging, labelling and advertising restrictions
In our latest look at the rules and regulations of New Jersey we find that new tax and public vaping regulations have been now been enacted. However, many bills remain in the Assembly or the Senate from last year with little or no movement
British American Tobacco’s (BAT) 2018 financial results were driven by its reduced risk portfolio, which includes products such as Vuse and Vype and Glo
Allowing e-cigarette tanks to be five times bigger than allowed in the EU would cut tobacco use and foster innovation to develop less harmful alternatives to smoking, a group of leading Swiss health experts claim
The existing ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be lifted from mid-April, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation (ESMA) has confirmed
Our updated report looks at the tobacco law that is likely to form the basis of future regulation of e-cigarettes and HnB products in a country that is in Europe but outside the EU
Is nicotine really as addictive as heroin, as the US surgeon general claims? And what does that really mean, anyway? ECigIntelligence pits the scientific evidence against the easy soundbite
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking no tobacco sale orders (NTSO) against Walgreens and Circle K for selling combustibles and cigars to minors
In our latest look at e-cig regulation in Los Angeles, we find that both Los Angeles City and Long Beach take an active approach towards e-cigarettes and include them in the definition of tobacco products
The 2018 results from the Altria Group, announced this week, revealed a slump in sales of combustibles, as company turns its attention to alternative sectors for continued growth
Estonian health officials have justified to ECigIntelligence their interpretation of the country’s law as imposing exactly the same rules on vaping products both with and without nicotine
In our latest look at the French market, we find that since last year, the range of pods and ultra-portables has increased from 13 to 31 brands. The market is currently dominated by open pods, where ultra-portables were leading the year before
In our in-depth look at regulations in Azerbaijan, we find that e-cigarettes are regulated as tobacco products and public vaping and the advertising of e-cigarettes are restricted. A new tax on e-liquids has now been introduced
In our latest look at the Greek market, we find Greek vapers prefer open system devices, the offline channel currently generates more sales and electronic cigarettes are now more widely available compared to previous years
In our latest look at regulations in Cyprus, we can see that a special procedure is applicable for “reduced-risk” claims of e-cigarette products, there is currently no notification fee and a tax on e-liquids and heated tobacco has been imposed
Thailand – ranked by delegates at the Global Forum on Nicotine as the worst country in the world in which to be an e-cigarette user – is considering legalising vaping and taxing e-cig imports
The year just gone has been an intense one for the vaping industry – and don’t expect 2019 to be any less so. ECigIntelligence looks ahead to the developments that can be expected in both regulation and markets around the world
Regulation, regulation, regulation was the theme of 2018. ECigIntelligence brings you its round-up of the developments that marked the old year and may shape the direction of those to come in the world of vaping and HnB
Proposed regulation in Hong Kong would ban the import, manufacture, sale, distribution and advertising of e-cigarettes. But will this affect the current trade in vapour products exported from China via Hong Kong?
Finland could become the first country in the world to insist on plain packaging for e-cigarettes if the recommendations of a working group appointed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health are implemented
This regulatory report on the Czech Republic includes updates on the regulatory landscape, product restrictions, labelling and packaging, obligation to notify, public usage, taxation, and enforcement
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams picked up the now familiar language of FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb when he declared youth vaping “officially an epidemic” in an advisory on e-cigs
Fresh data on teen vaping in the US broadly supports the numbers on which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has based recent policy, but also casts doubt on some of the details
Two vaping companies have found a way to cut through Australian red tape, integrating the country’s tricky regulatory scheme into their business model
The UK government will review the TPD in the light of the country’s coming departure from the EU, having accepted all the recommendations in the Science and Technology Committee’s report on e-cigs
This December 2018 report on e-cig regulation in Romania includes updates on product restrictions, packaging, notification, taxation and enforcement
This report on e-cig regulation in Lithuania contains updates on age and product restrictions, obligation to notify, public usage, advertising and marketing, taxation, enforcement, and bills currently under debate
Our latest report on e-cig regulation in Texas has updates on age restrictions, notification, retail channels, public usage, advertising and marketing, relevant laws and relevant bodies
The body in charge of regulating advertising in the UK will now allow ads for e-cigarettes to promote the products’ health benefits. The ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) came into effect immediately
The US FDA is to ban the sale of fruit and candy e-cig flavours. It is reported the ban will affect convenience stores and fuel stations, but not vape stores
In our latest look at the regulatory landscape in Germany, we find a bill amending the German Tobacco Products Law is being considered which could prohibit all outdoor advertising, while a bill that would have extended restrictions to nicotine-free products has been dropped
The Italian Council of Ministers has cancelled 95% of the debt owed by the country’s vaping industry for unpaid taxes on nicotine-free e-liquids
An ECigIntelligence-conducted a focus group with eight Greek IQOS users. We found that health was given as the main motivation to start using IQOS, while friends were the main influence. All of the participants said they would recommend IQOS ahead of vaping
E-liquid manufacturers are trying to get around South Korean tax laws by claiming the nicotine they use is derived from the stems and roots of tobacco plants rather than exclusively the leaves
In our latest look at regulations in Greece, we find that there are planned regulations for DIY and shake and vape products and only TPD-compliant, nicotine-containing products notified to the Ministry of Health may be produced and sold
As Canada moves into a new regulatory framework, research commissioned by the government casts light on the views and habits of Canadian vapers
The spectre of vaped cannabinoids is being used in Hong Kong by campaigners seeking to tighten the Chinese territory’s already stringent regime on e-cigarettes
After a long period of opposition to vaping, Australia’s health minister has moved to set up an independent inquiry into the health impact of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes
The US is set for a series of tax rises on vapour products, starting with a considerable increase in DC today. Proposals for further increases are in the pipeline in Chicago, Montana and New Jersey
The role of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco will again be discussed next week at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)
In our latest look at the Canada market, ECigIntelligence conducted a survey of Canadian vape store owners. We found that most respondents operated between one and two stores, and on average, 55% of revenue comes from e-liquids
The US FDA has stepped up its campaign against the youth vaping “epidemic” with the launch of a large-scale education programme, threats to tighten compliance requirements, and a reiteration of its concern over flavours
Foreign-born US residents are more likely to believe nicotine is a major factor in smoking’s health risks, research has found – while “half the population incorrectly believes nicotine is the main carcinogen in cigarette smoke”
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The most publicised and controversial player in the US e-cigarette market is aiming at UK smokers who find existing e-cigs too complicated – looking to expand the total vaping market, not cannibalise existing brands
Tax on products in Japan’s growing heated tobacco market will go up on 1st October, as part of a staggered series of rises up to 2022, that will bring the levies on them closer to those on combustible cigarettes
Malaysian manufacturers of e-liquids are now required to adhere to new labelling guidelines. At present, the rules apply only to non-nicotine liquids – but there are hopes they may be the first step towards wider regulation
The Ukrainian parliament is considering an amendment to the country’s tax code that would impose duty of €0.033 per ml on all e-liquids sold in the country and establish a system for product notification
In a shift from the more traditional e-cigs, which heat e-liquid to produce a vapour which is then inhaled, heated tobacco devices apply controlled heat to tobacco. Here ECigIntelligence looks at the latest innovation in closer detail
“It’s quite possible that growth will come from a technological development not yet on the market.” So says Elise Rasmussen, founder and director of the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum, which comes to London next week
In this far-reaching report, ECigIntelligence looks at the varied legal approaches to e-cigs and vaping across Latin America, focussing on Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Panama, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay…
In our latest look at Denmark, we find that the country has the second highest notification fee in the EU, which amounts to about €4950 ($5771). The Danish Health Authority dismisses scientific evidence that e-cigarettes are an effective smoking cessation tool and even claims that e-cigarettes help to maintain the nicotine addiction and smoking habit.
A new World Health Organization (WHO) report highlights the growing popularity of vaping and continues the call for regulations to be put in place to deter younger people from starting to vape
Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signed an administrative order prohibiting the import and marketing of any e-cigarette product with a nicotine concentration higher than 20 mg/ml
E-liquids with nicotine concentration over 17 mg/ml are now subject to a de facto ban in Sweden. Although they are not illegal, permits are required for their sale and use, as a recently-published ECigIntelligence report reveals.
What are heated-tobacco products and why has there been a resurgence of interest in them? How do they work? Are they like e-cigs and how are they different from smoking? These questions – and more – are answered in this short guide.
Conclusions and recommendations from the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee investigation into e-cigarettes have confirmed yet again the UK’s status as the most vape-friendly major market
Vapers in the UK are having to pay higher insurance premiums because insurance companies are still classifying them as smokers, an investigation by ECigIntelligence has revealed
Swedish regulation is asking producers and consumers to obtain a permit for the sale and use of e-liquid with high concentrations of nicotine, which constitutes a de facto ban as the process of obtaining such a permit is so stringent.
ECigIntelligence provides up-to-date details of e-cigarette regulations in Malta, where the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) was tranposed into domestic law in 2016
The South Korean e-cigarette market is tied in with the heat-not-burn category and future market development will partly depend on how consumers react to the latest moves in HnB regulation
Our report on Chinese e-cigarette regulation reviews the current regulatory landscape in the country, the forthcoming national standards, and the possible impact of tobacco-style regulation on vapour products
Imperial Brands is to launch its Myblu Intense nicotine salt e-liquid in the US “later this month”, following its roll-out in UK supermarkets. Meanwhile, the next edition of its hardware for the Myblu pod system has become available
A class action lawsuit has been brought against Juul Labs alleging “false and deceptive” advertising and that Juul’s patented nicotine formula is more addictive than others
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned of impending deadlines for comment periods on several of its advanced notices of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM).
Using data from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), we take a look at the notified vaping products on the UK market and trends that have emerged since the European TPD was transposed in 2016
The New Zealand government is working on creating a regulatory framework for nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, expected to be more flexible than the regime in place in Europe
New Jersey governor Phil Murphy included a tax on e-liquids in the wide-ranging and controversial $37.4bn budget he finally signed, narrowly avoiding a shutdown of state services
Our overview of developments in Latin America explores the varying situation of e-cigarettes and vaping in the most developed markets in the region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru
In our latest look at America, we find the pod category has taken off with hundreds of new products entering the US market. In terms of product ranges and reported sales, open pod devices are replacing traditional basic devices
US and European Union officials have held high-level talks in Brussels on possible future co-operation over the regulation of nicotine-containing products and “a wide range of tobacco-related topics”
Should scientists describe e-cigarettes – which contain no tobacco – as tobacco products? Is ENDS a better term? The answer to both questions is a firm “no”, according to the editor of a leading journal
Our updated report on e-cig regulation in South Korea details the tough new warnings with graphic images which will be required on packets of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products
Iceland passed a new law to specifically regulate and potentially tax e-cigarettes for the first time at a legislative session held last week.
Juul Labs is responding to pressure from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and criticism from public authority figures by cutting models from its social media platforms in a bid to lower its profile with young people.
A British lawyer and engineer has warned manufacturers of nicotine-free e-liquid they still need to comply with legislation concerning the quality of liquids
Hong Kong plans to regulate HnB products in the same way as conventional cigarettes, lifting a rarely-enforced ban. But the current heavy restrictions on nicotine-containing e-cigarettes will remain
In our latest look at the Dutch regulations, we find that The Netherlands recently decided to go beyond the TPD, regulating nicotine-free e-cigs fully in the same way as nicotine containing ones
The use of cannabidiol (CBD) in e-liquids is not specifically regulated in France, and in a grey area as no law or competent authority has officially confirmed the legality of its use in an e-cigarette as a consumer product
In our latest look at the regulatory picture in Slovakia we see that e-cigarettes are not covered by any excise tax, e-cigs with and without nicotine have mild retail restrictions and notification is free of charge
A few weeks after the launch of the Juul vaping device on the Israeli market, the Ministry of Health has announced restrictive measures against its sale, claiming it contains too much nicotine
The market for cannabidiol (CDB) e-liquid is hotting up in Germany. It’s an emerging industry, so stakeholders are limited and no brand dominates, but new players are moving in as public interest continues to grow
The Greek Ministry of Health has issued two circulars on e-cig regulation, clearing up a legal grey area by insisting that both CBD and shake-and-vape products are banned in the country
The number of children under the age of six suffering exposure to liquid nicotine in the US has dropped since the introduction of federal legislation requiring it to be sold in childproof containers, a study found
Two years on from transposing the TPD, we can see physical stores leading Denmark’s e-cigarette retail market. However we believe an increase in availability of e-cigarettes through online vape stores is probable
E-cigarette companies in Kazakhstan – where e-cigs and heated tobacco products are currently zero-rated for tax – can expect to have to pay tax by 2020, according to the country’s health ministry
In our latest look at California’s regulations, we find that the wholesale tax is set to be adjusted in July and vaping is treated as tobacco in regards to public usage
While no German or EU law currently regulates CBD-infused e-liquids directly, and CBD is not in itself illegal, companies wishing to market CBD for vaping have plenty of legal issues to consider
Concern over a future European tax on e-cigarettes is sure to rise following the launch of a second consultation on the subject by European Union (EU) authorities.
Vape shops are springing up across Japan, attracting a mix of those wanting to quit smoking and gadget-loving hobbyists, despite a ban on nicotine e-liquid and the most developed heat-not-burn (HnB) sector in the world
The government of India appears to be very close to taking action against nicotine e-cigarettes – “regulating, including banning, the manufacture, import, sale and any kind of trade in nicotine” or devices that enable its use
Spain transposed the EU TPD into national law in 2017. Law 28/2005 in its consolidated version now regulates all aspects of the use, sale and promotion of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes
The Tobacco 21 movement, which aims to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21, is sweeping through legislatures across the US – and with it come other fresh restrictions on e-cigarettes
ECigIntelligence looks at the pricing and products range in e-liquids and hardware categories across the top five e-cigarette retailer websites in the UK and finds a shift towards advanced hardware products
Poland continues to tighten its grip on the e-cigarette industry, as a new bill proposes that new products will have to be approved by a Polish government agency before being launched on the domestic market.
The Minnesota House of Representatives is considering a bill that would clean up the definition of “wholesale sales price” as it relates to e-cigarettes, affecting state taxes
What laws regulate the use of cannabidiol (CBD) in e-liquids across the European Union – and what regulatory regime is likely to apply in the future? Our report finds the clear lines in a legal grey area
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoids that can be found in cannabis. While the cannabis plant itself, and many drugs that are extracted from it, are illegal in most parts of the world, CBD, which is non-intoxicating, is not
Thirteen warning letters have been sent by the US FDA and the Federal Trade Commission to e-liquid and e-cigarette sellers identified by them as labelling or advertising their products in a way that attracts young people
The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has reportedly lifted the sales ban on nicotine-containing e-cigarettes issued in 2015 by the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (BLV)
The nature of closed-system pods is changing fast and if the current generation of large-sized mod systems is relegated primarily to hobbyists, could this be the death knell for vape stores in China?
The Greek Ministry of Health recently published a statement on its website that electronic cigarettes without nicotine are not legal in the country “in accordance with national and European legislation”.
ECigIntelligence presents cross-country analysis of Q4 2017 for the hardware categories, covering all the basic and advanced starter kits, mods, tanks and rebuildable atomisers (RBAs)
The regulation of vaping products in Hungary is substantially derived from the European TPD, but remains the most severe in the EU – although enforcement of many of the rules does appear to be slackening
In this special report, ECigIntelligence looks at how heated tobacco (heat-not-burn) and hybrid products are gaining ground in the world’s tobacco and vapour market
The Australian government is facing growing dissent on a number of fronts to its continuing ban on nicotine-containing e-cigarettes. And one federal senator has vowed to block all government health legislation until the ban is dropped
Opinions on the future of the Japanese e-cigarette market at the country’s first vape sector tradeshow were mixed, with some optimism despite the continuing ban on nicotine e-liquid and the dramatic success of HnB products
A new court order reinforcing e-cigarette bans in the Indian states of Haryana and Punjab underlines the complexity of enforcement in a country where restrictions on vapour products have been slowly accumulating for years.
ECigIntelligence returns to look at South Korea, where the heated tobacco market emerged in in 2017 when PMI launched IQOS — a move that was followed by the launches of both Glo and Lil
With both products growing in popularity, in this report In this report ECigIntelligence looks at the range of pod vape kits available and also the range of nicotine salts among the top 20 Canadian online retailers
Montenegro’s health ministry has drafted a TPD-style proposal that will regulate nicotine vaping products in the country for the first time as it prepares to join the European Union in 2025
A long-awaited parliamentary report into the legalisation of e-cigarettes has delivered both an official blow and an accompanying glimmer of hope for vaping businesses in Australia
The e-cigarette industry could support the case for flavours – currently strongly associated in regulators’ minds with an appeal to youth – by changing its marketing strategies, according to Chris Howard of E-Alternative Solutions
E-cigarettes and heated tobacco are currently subject to very little regulation in Russia – but that could be about to change, with proposals coming from both the federal trade ministry and the Moscow City Duma
More than half of US consumers wrongly believe that using nicotine every day is more dangerous than drinking every day, according to a new global survey from the Foundation for a Smoke-free World (FSFW)
The MHRA, Britain’s pharmaceutical regulator, is currently encouraging and supporting companies to submit medicines authorisation applications for e-cigarette products. Here we explain what that process entails
The latest ECigIntelligence survey reveals Italian vape stores think the new regulatory framework will have a negative impact on their business, but they remain optimistic
Polish scientist Professor Andrzej Sobczak has published a book about the health impact of e-cigarettes and aims to combat fear-mongering headlines
The US FDA has taken a step closer to regulating nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes, but excluded vapour products from its proposals, even predicting a low-nicotine regime might encourage smokers toward electronic alternatives
Our latest report on the state of the e-cigarette market in Italy finds that strict regulation has caused a fall in the size of the market – but not as steep as the fall in vaper numbers, as those still vaping are paying more
Eight US states currently tax e-cigarettes: five apply a volume tax, at a rate per ml of consumable product; three apply a wholesale tax, based on price sold at wholesale in the state – and several other states have tax proposals on the table
France is a mature e-cig market that is growing at a stable pace. The main distribution channel for vapour products is around 2500 vape stores but we expect sales to increase significantly in tobacconists
Bihar has become the latest Indian state to place a blanket ban on all forms of e-cigarettes and related items, joining at least five others
A US advocacy and consulting group believes it has come up with a product that enables consumers to sample e-liquid and still conform to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) sampling restrictions. The Cating Group launched its “Sample Sticks” in December last year.
The federal health minister for Canada has called for “clear restrictions” on e-cigarette advertising and the need to keep young people from taking up e-cigs. The move is a turnaround from the stance of the previous health minister.
This report, which focuses on consumer e-liquid choices, is the third in a series of studies dealing with the product choices and behaviour of open system vaping consumers in the US
As tobacco giants Philip Morris International (PMI) and Japan Tobacco (JT) have been hit by falling tobacco sales, revenues from their e-cigarette and heat-not-burn (HnB) portfolios have increased. As they plan further investments to increase their market presence, 2018 should prove to be an interesting year for HnB products.
Reduced-risk products have severely impacted sales of conventional cigarettes in Japan, according to Japan Tobacco. The firm says the total value of cigarette sales fell by 12.5% in 2017
The latest evidence review by Public Health England credits e-cigs with helping 20,000 people a year quit smoking, and blames distorted media reporting for that figure not being a lot higher
A widely publicised New York report concludes that e-cig “smoke…may contribute to lung and bladder cancer, as well as heart disease, in humans” – but other scientists question the validity of research carried out on laboratory mice
Our updated report on the current state of e-cigarette regulation in Greece includes interpretation from the customs authority on what is covered by the cross-border distance sales ban and news of a legal challenge to the ban on public vaping
The Hawaiian senate is considering two bills, which could prohibit online sales of e-cigarette products if passed. One could also subject e-liquids to the same excise tax as tobacco products.
Our study of the online market in South Africa, where e-cigarettes have gained a good deal of traction over the past year, analyses brands, products and prices on the country’s 20 leading e-cig websites
Our report considers how the free flow of goods, common customs tariff and cancellation of customs formalities affects the e-cigarette market within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia
In our latest look at the Italian market, we see that distance sales, including domestic and cross-border, are now banned under the latest amendment (known as the “Vicari amendment”) approved in the Italian parliament
An Australian campaign to legalise the domestic sale of nicotine-containing e-liquids in the country faces a difficult challenge as opposing opinions solidify
Our latest survey of vape stores in Russia looks at the revenue shares attributed to the best-selling e-cigarette hardware and e-liquids, and sounds out store managers on how optimistic they are in the shadow of rising taxes
As the US FDA gets to grips with its new focus on nicotine as a single marketplace, it is planning to take a fresh look at one of the longest-established non-combustible forms of the substance – nicotine replacement therapy
While all but one of the EU’s member states have interpreted the TPD as banning all claims of health benefits from e-cigarettes, there may be scope for a “reduced risk” classification without the need of medical licensing
While Australian regulation remains firm in its resistance to e-cigarettes, a more conciliatory approach in New Zealand is leading to a divergence between the two markets
The popularity of shake and vape – adding nicotine shots to nicotine-free e-liquids – is increasing throughout Europe, as detailed in an ECigIntelligence report into the market in Germany
Health ministers of Europe’s Baltic states Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have signed a joint memorandum of intent to share “strong policies” on e-cigarette trade and usage
In our latest look at the Italian market, we find that ready-to-use e-liquids, especially 10ml bottles, are the most common bottle sizes stocked on the top five websites, while 28% of the e-liquid products found at the top five online retailers are shake and vape products. Recently, Italy banned online nicotine sales and websites appear to have generally complied with the law
E-cigarette regulation in Arizona and its state capital, Phoenix, is almost non-existent, with the exception of limiting access to those aged 18 or above
An ECigIntelligence report considers the impact of the internet’s mega-retailers and the various ways they negotiate regulations which vary in detail and severity from country to country
Our updated report looks at the newly re-drafted tobacco law that is likely to form the basis of future regulation of e-cigarettes and HnB products in a country that is in Europe but outside the EU
Our latest report on the top five e-cigarette retail websites in France considers pricing and product ranges on Lepetitvapoteur.com, Taklope.com, Aromes-et-liquides.fr, E-liquide-fr.com and Kumulusvape.fr
ECigIntelligence’s review of the year gone by reflects the big stories of the e-cigarette world in 2017, the trends in regulation, the developing and diverging markets, the science and innovation, and peers into the crystal ball to consider where it all goes from here
A proposed amendment to Taiwanese law would impose a total ban on the manufacture, importation, sale or advertising of all e-cigarette products, closing down entirely a business that currently supports an estimated 200,000 vapers
The Swiss Federal Council has put forward a second draft of its proposed Tobacco Act, which aims specifically to regulate e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn (HnB) devices
Online sales of nicotine-containing e-cigarette products have been banned in Italy following the adoption by the Chamber of Deputies of the so-called Vicari Amendment
Nearly all EU member states have interpreted article 13 of the European TPD to ban all claims related to health in the absence of a medical certificate. However, there may be a pathway to a reduced-risk classification.
Switzerland is about to take another step on the road towards legalising nicotine e-cigs – but it’s a long, slow road that could lead to tough regulation
The Swiss market is dominated by open advanced systems mostly purchased offline. Due to the country’s nicotine ban Switzerland seems an ideal market for shake and vape e-liquids. Foreign shake and vape e-liquids, mostly imported from the U.S., are at the forefront, but several domestic e-liquid brands also produce large format nicotine-free e-liquids.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the deadline for comments on Philip Morris International’s (PMI’s) modified risk tobacco product application (MRTPA) for its IQOS heated tobacco device and Heatstick consumables.
A new Californian tax on vaping products containing nicotine has already had an impact on businesses in the US state.
Tighter regulation “is on the way” for e-cigs, according to the European Commission’s commissioner for health and food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, who sees “possibilities” for “stronger regulation” to “stop advertising and online sales”
Unlike its Balkan neighbours Slovenia and Serbia, Croatia – one of the last countries in Europe to transpose the TPD – puts a zero rate of tax on e-liquids
In our latest look at Poland, we find that fewer than 10% of respondents have been running their business for less than a year, which indicates fewer entrants into the sector following implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The Polish e-liquid market is highly fragmented, with the top 12 brands accounting for only 55% of total quoted best-selling brand mentions. The leading brand is Pinky Vape, while the hardware device sector is more consolidated.
As shake and vape grows in popularity, ECigIntelligence takes a look at the German market in detail and finds that experienced vapers in Germany mostly use their own-mixed e-liquids, which can help in avoiding TPD restrictions for e-liquid-containing nicotine. This trend seems to have grown in Germany since May 2017, and almost half of the e-liquid brands sold in Germany are ready to mix.
With fewer smokers than in other countries, there is less scope for e-cigarettes to flourish in either country – but legal changes afoot in New Zealand reveal a more positive attitude to vaping than in Australia
Indonesia is to legalise the importation of nicotine-containing e-liquids – in order to reduce it. Along with a new tax, the move will bring clarity to a trade that has existed in a grey area up to now
The increasingly popular practice of “shake and vape” poses a threat to the e-cigarette industry, according to speakers and delegates at a recent conference
Our consumer survey took place from September to October 2017. Most respondents were ex-smokers, with around a third vaping for more than two years. The majority of our respondents where male and aged between 25 and 44.
We found that advanced devices dominate, and more than 60% of respondents are mixing their own e-liquid. E-liquids containing low nicotine content are reportedly the most popular.
Uncertainty surrounds the Italian e-cigarette market, following a number of recent regulatory decisions and initiatives. These include a court decision on the long-running issue of whether to tax nicotine-free e-liquids; proposals to ban online sales and limit offline sales; a range of potential new tax regimes; and new powers to shut down non-compliant online sellers.
Our latest survey of French e-cigarette users finds vape stores are a very popular retail channel for e-liquids, while hardware purchases are predominately made online.
The Italian Constitutional Court in Rome has ruled that taxing non-nicotine e-liquids is legitimate, ending a temporary suspension imposed in 2015 by a lower court
The vaping business may find there’s a silver lining in a growing trend among local legislations across the US of rolling e-cigarettes in with other tobacco products
Our updated report on Swiss law as it relates to e-cigarettes considers both current regulation and how it is likely to change in a country that is in Europe but outside the EU
Pod devices and nicotine salts have a widening appeal on the US market among both inexperienced and experienced vapers.
Altria, the tobacco giant behind Marlboro and other well-known brands, has taken a minority stake in leading US e-liquid maker and e-cig retailer Avail Vapor
The Malaysian e-cig industry has cause for optimism as some members of the ruling party are strongly in favour of ending the pharma regime for nicotine-containing products
A survey of Belgian smoking and vaping habits shows 14% of the country’s population have tried e-cigs, and 3% vape at least once a week
Heated tobacco products remain banned in Turkey after opposition politicians uncovered a “hidden” bid by the government to legalise them while retaining the prohibition on e-cigarettes
In our latest look at the UK market, we find that the e-liquid sector is highly fragmented and a high percentage of the respondents are mixing their own e-liquid. The hardware sector is less fragmented
Transposition of the TPD into Belgian law has been force since January 2017. The restrictions it imposes include a ban on online sales as well as product, packaging, labelling and advertising restrictions
ECigIntelligence’s updated review of Germany’s e-cigarette laws and regulations includes details of likely future tightening of restrictions.
EU legislation is unclear on how to categorise hybrid devices, which may give manufacturers some degree of choice. This report aims to help them make that choice wisely
The new trend of shake and vape is taking the French market by storm, with new brands appearing rapidly – particularly a wave of imports from the US and Malaysia
A last-minute court hearing led to India’s first planned Vape Expo being called off just three days before the event was due to begin
Poland’s Bureau for Chemical Substances has published the first official list of all notified e-cigarette products, providing an insight into the product mix on the Polish market
The sale of e-cigarette products is banned in Mexico under the General Tobacco Control Law, although a modest e-cigarette market does exist. In 2015 Mexico’s highest court unanimously held that the regulator’s interpretation of Mexico’s Tobacco Control law is in violation of the constitution
New research finds that e-cig users mainly come in three very different categories – those who vape for pleasure, those who do it as a means to quit smoking, and those who don’t think of themselves as vapers at all
The effects of taxation on Russia’s e-cig market are likely to include price rises, decreased production of e-liquids with nicotine by larger manufacturers, and growth of the black market
Our investigation of the Slovenian e-cigarette market finds a very small vaping population and a small number of vape stores bound by a highly restrictive regulatory regime
The EU’s Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) has not yet been fully adopted in Norway. It is anticipated that the sale and manufacture of nicotine containing e-cigarettes and e-liquids will be allowed in the first half of 2018. They are currently banned except for personal import. Online remains the main distribution channel, with foreign online companies having a significant presence.
The US Food and Drug Administration has extended the deadline for tobacco registration from 30th September to 12th October 2017. This move offers a brief respite to manufacturers of vapour products who have yet to register with the FDA and submit product listing information.
Jammu and Kashmir has become the fifth Indian state to ban e-cigarettes, following pressure from the World Health Organization (WHO)
New legislation regulating nicotine-containing e-cigarettes came into force on 1st January 2016 in Portugal. Current taxes on nicotine e-liquids are €0.30/ml, but a new budget law is due for vote in November 2017 when it will become clearer if the rate will be changed or kept at the same level.
While Illinois has a relatively liberal approach to e-cigarettes, Chicago has a more restrictive regime and two layers of taxation – city and county.
The EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) was transposed in Finland the form of the Tobacco Act, which made Finland one of the EU’s most strictly regulated countries. Market growth of 40% throughout 2016–2017 was mainly determined by increased numbers of vapers (+16%), growth of the share of daily users (30% in 2017 compared with 14% in 2016), plus an overall price increase in most e-cigarette categories.
ECigIntelligence’s survey of 1003 US vape stores finds increased optimism on the street despite revenues being exactly what they were 12 months ago.
Sweden is set to bring in a new tax on e-cigarettes, following a proposal in the national budget for 2018. The exact nature and level of the tax will be determined after consultation with relevant bodies
in our latest look at the French market, we see that all the studied vape store chains are at least partially using a franchise business model. Our franchising conditions’ analysis revealed the Jwell chain has the most attractive franchise conditions, while Clopinette had the strictest. All the vape stores have an online retail presence; however, their focus is on their physical stores.
An Australian government committee has recommended the rejection of a bill that would legalise the domestic sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes
A new study takes serious issue with the influential 2016 Surgeon General Report, accusing it of misrepresenting the evidence on e-cigarettes, young people and harm reduction
Our research on Italian e-cig retailers has revealed that the region around Rome is Italy’s most developed vape store market, with more than four times as many vape stores per inhabitant than the lowest-density areas. There may be scope for growth in Milan and Naples, given these cities have around half the vape store density of Rome.
The vape store market is dominated by the leading vape store chains in the northeastern region. Elsewhere, stores are predominantly independently owned/branded. There is very little crossover between the online and vape store distribution channels.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, collectively known as the Baltic states have a total population of around 6m and share common political traits, economies and history. In our latest report, we estimate the Baltic states’ e-cig market is currently worth around €15m, with 75,000 vapers. Open-system products dominate the market, with basic open systems being very popular. The online channel is more developed in Lithuania and Estonia. In Latvia, due the ban on online retail, most sales are offline.
At present there is comparatively little regulation in Russia covering either heated tobacco or e-cigarettes. This may change, however
Our latest look at the legal status of e-cigarettes in the Czech Republic details the country’s approach to the European TPD requirements
Malaysian e-liquid manufacturers are looking at the European Union and other markets as regulatory uncertainty bites at home – but only the bigger players can afford the costs involved
Our latest in-depth look at the Danish e-cigarette sector finds a market that is growing despite a reduction in the overall vaping population, and where the beneficial effects of the European TPD are being felt
Australia’s ban on the sale of nicotine e-liquids has led to a black market that damages the health of the very people the law is meant to protect, an official inquiry has heard
Very small market size but the future outlook is positive.
Highly fragmented in all respects.
There’s a small amount of vapers but numbers are expected to grow as product awareness increases.
A study for the German government has concluded that “e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than tobacco”, but adds a warning that the long-term effects remain unknown
After the fall of the market size due the e-liquid tax, it seems both companies and vapers have now adapted to the new regulation. As the market starts to grow again, we find advance modular systems have a high prevalence. With distance sales forbidden, Portugal stores have adapted the same strategy as companies in Belgium and Austria: the catalogue is online but there is no delivery.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has closed what he called “a dangerous loophole” by adding e-cigarettes to a statewide ban on smoking on school premises
The sale of ingredients for shake and vape – enabling users to mix their own nicotine and non-nicotine e-liquids – is a legal grey area for sellers in many European countries, as it can be a way to get round TPD quantity restrictions on nicotine-containing liquids. In this report, ECigIntelligence looks into the matter in detail.
The UK Advertising Standards Authority has provided further clarity on what is and is not permitted in print media e-cigarette advertising with a ruling against a magazine ad for a vape store
ECigIntelligence visited 34 vape stores in Poland’s two largest cities, Warsaw and Krakow, to gauge the market and compare offline prices – and found a striking difference between the two.
The Bulgarian e-cig market is currently worth BGN78m ($47m in 2017), with 200,000 vapers. Almost one in 20 Bulgarians regularly uses e-cigarettes – nearly half because they can vape in places where smoking is banned. The online channel is undeveloped and most sales are offline. However, we believe there is scope for the market to develop further.
A group of public health professionals in New Zealand are recommending a two-pronged approach to cutting smoking – action against combustible cigarettes combined with support for vaping
Researchers in Croatia have found that more than half the e-liquids they tested exceeded the maximum nicotine concentration level laid down by the European TPD
ECigIntelligence estimates the Malaysian e-cig market to be worth 513.4m ringgit ($120m) in 2017, with 600,000 vapers. Regulatory uncertainly and a ban on e-cigarettes in some states makes the outlook for future growth pessimistic. This static market is focused on hobbyists and dominated by open system e-cigs, with most vapers using advanced mods with digital screens.
In this August 2017 look at the Czech Republic, we find that the relatively mild regulation of e-cigarettes is apparently fuelling further growth in the sector. The Czech e-cigarette market is also geared more towards open systems, with closed systems being mainly available offline. About half of all e-cigarette sales go through online channel.
In our latest look at Japan, we find the country is a favoured market for heated tobacco products because regulation is much lighter on tobacco than it is on nicotine-containing e-cigs. In a country where 20% of the population smoke, heated tobacco products are regulated in a similar way to tobacco in most policy areas.
Before the TPD, around half of Poland’s e-cig sales were made on the Internet. But now, only a few offshore and B2B operations survive.
A move by the US FDA to reduce the nicotine content in cigarettes to non-addictive levels could encourage Big Tobacco to put yet more effort into alternatives
Major Australian public health organisations have submitted evidence to a government inquiry on e-cigarettes, with many taking a negative stance
E-cigarettes are regulated in Sweden by the Act on Electronic Cigarettes and Refill Containers (2017/425), which came into force on 1st July 2017. It transposed the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into Swedish legislation. Non-nicotine products are currently not regulated.
The UK authority that oversees compliance with the EU TPD has said it will allow nicotine shots, even though they are seen by many as exploiting a loophole
Unclear regulation means most e-cigarette sales in India are conducted in a grey area, either through discreet physical stores or – more frequently – in a still small but growing online market
Poland’s finance ministry is proposing an excise tax on all e-liquids that will raise the cost of vaping in the country and impose extra difficulties on independent producers
Our survey of the e-cigarette market in South Korea finds a country with a traditionally high rate of smoking and potential for a small vaping population to grow, despite fairly stringent regulation.
E-cigarettes, banned throughout most of South America, could nevertheless be taken up rapidly across the continent, according to a senior public health policy expert on the region.
San Francisco has taken a big step nearer to a city-wide ban on flavoured e-cigarettes and tobacco products with a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors
Heat-not-burn could compete with e-cigarettes for consumer attention, but it may also attract new users. What progress has the recent spate of launches made, and what might the future hold?
A US researcher is calling for much closer inspection of how dual users combine vaping with smoking in order to determine the true impact of e-cigarettes on cessation efforts.
Our survey of French vape stores, conducted in April and May 2017, analyses detailed responses from 165 store managers, representing 548 stores across 12 of the 13 mainland regions of France.
E-cigarette regulation in Florida is minimal, focused entirely on preventing minors from gaining access to vaping products.
A ruling by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority against one vape store’s ad may be good news for others – because it clarifies what is acceptable in local newspapers.
ECigIntelligence examines the post-TPD state of e-cigarette regulation in Latvia, including the distance sales ban, taxation, registration, and retailer requirements.
Tight regulation keeps Brazil’s e-cigarette market small – but there’s life stirring under prohibition.
Two new surveys suggest that most French and Spanish vapers have used e-cigarettes to give up smoking, for both health and financial reasons – and that very few had continued to smoke after taking up e-cigarettes.
Uncertainty caused by new regulations is sending some vapers in Europe’s Balkans region back to smoking, according to local e-cigarette associations, who say the rules in Romania and Slovenia are in urgent need of clarification.
How far has Europe’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) succeeded in its goal of harmonising the e-cig market across the EU? For many, the jury is still out…
In our latest look at the Spanish market, we see that stores in areas with a high footfall tend to have double the number of new vaper customers, and most of the e-liquids sold come from Spain, Italy, UK and China.
In our latest look into the German market, we find a high prevalence of mods against other e-cig formats, with the most popular products being Joyetech ego AIO, Smoke Alien kit and Eleaf Istick Pico kit. The most popular e-liquid flavour are the fruits category. E-liquid is an average 20% more expensive in physical stores.
By contrast with other South American countries, which have a de facto ban on vaping, e-cigarettes have until now been virtually unregulated in Colombia. That could soon change, however, with a proposal before Congress to bring e-cigs under the umbrella of tobacco regulation.
Finland has exceeded the requirements of the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) by banning all flavoured e-liquids except tobacco flavour.
The European Commission has published a new regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures, including nicotine, to come into effect in December 2018.
In this look at the French market, we find the most common daily vape store revenue is less than €500.The e-liquid market is also dominated by French brands, led by Alfaliquid, Pulp and FlowerPower.
For the first time, UK vapers who use only e-cigarettes outnumber dual users. But the latest survey from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) also reveals high levels of mistrust on safety issues.
In our latest look at the UK market, we find estimated daily revenues of British vape stores vary, mainly between £500 and £1,500. Stores in more populated cities do not seem to be getting more customers than those located in smaller towns, but fruit flavours remain the most popular.
ECigIntelligence explores e-cigarette regulation in the state of New York, which is showing signs of taking a hard line toward vaping despite little existing law.
The US Vape Store Survey is an ongoing joint project of ECigIntelligence and the Smoke-Free Alternative Trade Association (SFATA). The first survey was conducted in December 2015. This latest survey took in vape stores across the U.S. from December 2016 to January 2017. It garnered responses from 213 owners representing 417 stores, mostly in the South.
Zimbabwe’s struggling tobacco farmers – particularly growers of lower quality tobacco – are pinning high hopes on nicotine extraction for e-liquids.
Sociologist Amelia Howard will tell the 2017 Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw that a lack of trust in the e-cigarette industry leads governments around the world to introduce harsh measures against a low-risk product.
ECigIntelligence finds a stringent approach to e-cigarette regulation in Finland, where nicotine-containing products were only recently legalised.
This report examines the current ways the e-cigarette industry in the U.S. has to get premarket approval from the FDA for new products, including detailed definitions of what constitutes a new product.
Legal moves in two U.S. states show them moving in almost opposite directions on e-cigarette taxation – Kansas clarifying and lowering its e-liquid tax, while Pennsylvania’s revenue department digs its heels in against a court challenge.
An American e-liquid company is looking to synthetic nicotine to improve flavour profiles but will have to convince consumers and retailers that the higher price-tag is worth it.
In this March 2017 report, we see that Romania has transposed the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). There is a tax on some e-cigarette products, but vaping is still allowed in most public places.
The government of New Zealand has confirmed that it plans to legalise nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, and embed harm reduction concepts into law.
Iceland is a step closer to passing a bill that will regulate vaping products, with EU-style legislation likely to come into force this summer.
In this March 2017 look at regulations in California, we find that nicotine-containing products are subject to a wholesale tax of 27.3%. This tax rate will be revised periodically. Vaping in the state is treated as tobacco in regards to public usage.
Manufacturers or suppliers of e-liquids in Europe must determine the toxicity of individual ingredients in their products and label and classify all products accordingly. Here we guide you through the detail of the CLP regulation on classification, labelling and packaging.
Australia will not re-classify nicotine to allow the domestic sale of e-cigarettes, having refused to legalise nicotine-containing e-liquid despite appeals to support vaping for harm reduction.
Taiwan’s proposed e-cigarette ban has been severely criticised by international legal experts on grounds of both public health and freedom of trade.
Recent statements by the FDA have begun to clarify the U.S. federal agency’s previously uncertain position on nicotine free e-liquids and synthetic nicotine.
In this March 2017 report on the UK market, we find that there is currently no national legal restriction on the public usage of e-cigarettes in the United Kingdom. Variations in interpretation of the TPD include a modification of the six month standstill period for launching new products, while Tank size limits for new products is 2ml and applies to all tanks, regardless of whether they contain nicotine when sold.
Hungary has implemented the European TPD, finally opening up its market to nicotine e-cigarettes – but its regulatory regime remains the most severe in Europe.
A New Zealand political party has proposed providing some form of subsidy for e-cigarettes in pursuit of the country’s goal of being smoke-free by 2025.
Do nicotine-free and synthetic nicotine e-liquids come under the scope of the FDA’s deeming regulations? It’s a pressing question for the U.S. e-cigarette industry – and at last there is some clarity emerging on the issue.
A study claiming to have added to evidence that vaping can be “a one-way bridge to smoking” by young people has been subjected to critical analysis – and found to be seriously wanting.
U.S. manufacturers and importers of “finished tobacco products” should submit full and detailed ingredients lists to the FDA – here’s what they want to know.
ECigIntelligence reports on the Danish approach to regulating e-cigarettes in the wake of Europe’s TPD, and finds it more detailed and transparent than most.
Our South African analysis finds a market dominated by local companies and manufacturers, with little presence of Big Tobacco names, and very little effect of a purely theoretical ban on the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes.
Two new real-world studies of the (relatively) long-term health effects of vaping come to very different conclusions: one very positive about reduced cancer danger, the other sounding a warning about possible cardiovascular implications.
Estonia is preparing to impose an excise tax on e-liquids “to eliminate unequal competition between alternative and classical tobacco products”.
A survey undertaken in the U.S. state of Kentucky will do nothing to cheer the e-cigarette industry, or public health professionals concerned at the cumulative effect of a long series of negative stories.
Vape stores in Russia appear to be playing a waiting game on new e-cigarette taxes that officially came into force on 1st January – while the national consumer protection agency is calling for further regulation and enforcement.
A challenge to the UK’s snus ban has been sent to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, where judges could decide to overturn the entire EU’s prohibition on the powdered tobacco product.
The New Nicotine Alliance is to join an attempt by manufacturer Swedish Match to overturn the UK’s snus ban. If successful, the bid could lead to the smokeless tobacco product being legalised throughout the EU.
Portugal looks set to cut the tax on nicotine e-liquids by 50%, from €0.60/ml ($0.70) to €0.30/ml ($0.35) in its budget for 2017.
The country currently has the highest rate of tax on e-juices of all the European member states, something that has been blamed for the drastic drop in the number of vape stores in the country.
The future of e-cigarette regulation in Germany is becoming clearer since the transposition of the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), but the country’s separate states still have some autonomy is setting the rules.
Malaysia at last has a plan for future e-cigarette regulation. Various duties have been given to three separate government ministries, which must now come back with firm proposals for implementation within the next three years.
Most 11-18 year-olds who use e-cigarettes don’t subscribe to any particular brand, a new analysis of U.S. survey data reveals – but those who do know what brand they vape tend to choose the most heavily advertised.
British American Tobacco has ceased its involvement in the commercialisation of the medically licensed Voke nicotine inhaler.
E-cigarette manufacturers are keeping their eyes open for fakes as the popularity of online marketing makes them a prime target for counterfeiters.
Poland’s Ministry of Finance is reportedly considering introducing an excise tax on e-cigarettes – but a highly influential pro-government think tank has called for the idea to be scrapped for fear of replicating an “Italian scenario” boom in the black market.
The smallest country in the European Union has taken a lead in attempting to clear up a common ambiguity in e-cigarette regulation by making it specific that a law against smoking in cars when a child is present applies equally to vaping.
A manufacturer has developed a new synthetic nicotine test that it says shows concerns about a number of rival products.
A manufacturer has argued that recent court statements by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) show the agency does not have the authority to regulate vaping products that use synthetic nicotine. But will legislators and the courts agree?
A new study claims there is no evidence that nicotine “causes or promotes” cancer and calls for health authorities to try and move smokers towards less harmful nicotine delivery products as quickly as possible.
U.S. surgeon general Vivek Murthy has been accused of taking an inappropriate and unhelpful stance on vaping in his report “E-cigarette use among youth and young adults”.
Due to a tax on e-liquids containing nicotine, most e-liquid bought in Portugal is nicotine free. Vapers are then adding nicotine separately to avoid increasing the price. However, a lot of sales are occurring across the border in Spain, which is having a large, negative impact on the Portuguese market.
While menthol as a flavouring for cigarettes comes under increasing attack, researchers consider its use – and that of other flavours – in the e-cigarette market.
The new Belgian law, transposing the TPD, comes into force in January 2017. It will end the classification of e-cigarettes as medical devices and impose severe restrictions, including an online sales ban as well as product, packaging, labelling and advertising restrictions.
Philip Morris International (PMI) this week launched its heated tobacco device iQOS in the UK, claiming: “We certainly see a future where Philip Morris no longer will be selling cigarettes.”
While seven EU member states have gone ahead with their own tax schemes for e-cigarettes, the European Commission is still considering the matter and seeking public and industry opinion.
In this report, ECigIntelligence looks in detail at the situation in Taiwan, where the legal situation may possibly be set to change. It is likely that nicotine-containing products will become legal while nicotine-free liquid will be banned, leading unusual situation of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes being available as consumer products while nicotine-free products were treated as pharmaceutical products.
Next year could mark a breakthrough for the Australian e-cigarette market, with a decision due on whether or not low-nicotine e-cigarettes are to be allowed.
In this report, ECigIntelligence looks at the current regulatory landscape in Slovakia, where provisions for regulating e-cigarettes are largely in line with the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which categorises e-cigs as tobacco-related products
Local e-liquid manufacturers, small vape stores and a culture of cloud chasing dominate a very small e-cig market in the Philippines, where traditional cigarettes are cheap and nearly half of all men smoke. But that could change with the entry of British American Tobacco into the unregulated market.
Though states and territories get to make their own rules, vaping products containing nicotine are effectively outlawed across Australia – and life isn’t much easier for sellers and users of non-nictotine e-cigs.
Medical research has begun to reveal how e-cigarettes could help to prevent or lessen the potentially dangerous weight gain experienced by many people when they give up smoking.
A study on vapers’ behaviour patterns was carried out by ECigIntelligence between August and September 2016, asking the respondents about device and brand preferences and consumption.
The Indian government led by prime minister Narendra Modi has told the country’s component states to deal with e-cigarettes as the federal administration remains undecided on how to handle the matter.
Local councils in the UK are flouting government advice by forcing e-cigarette users to vape in designated smoking areas. A request under Freedom of Information law found 87% of councils make no distinction between vaping and smoking.
This report is a brief overview of some of the key heated tobacco and hybrid products that are already on the market or are soon to be launched, including data on sales volumes and details of launch plans.
Even the tiny proportion of e-cig users who have never been smokers have mostly used other nicotine products, according to a study of U.S. vapers.
The Welsh are attempting to pass the Public Health Bill once again. This time minus a ban on public vaping.
Bulgaria has taken a gentle approach to adopting Europe’s TPD regulations. E-cigarettes are regarded as “tobacco-related” rather than tobacco products as such, and are treated more benignly than tobacco, with public usage allowed.
E-cigarette products containing nicotine cannot be sold in Turkey without a pharmaceutical licence from the Ministry of Health – and so far no such licence has been awarded.
We strongly expect nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to be legalised in Norway, where their sale has been banned until now. The anticipated move will come as a boost to the Norwegian vaping market, which has already grown by 18% since 2014.
Muddled definitions of addiction are undermining the recognition of e-cigarettes as reduced-risk products, according to specialists in harm reduction.
Pax Labs has faced price gouging problems after mistakes led to insufficient demand. But it anticipates it will have fully fixed the problem by early next year.
Scientists and researchers have said that anti-smoking charities are acting like the anti-Communist zealots of the 1950s McCarthy era in trying to keep them away from an international conference on tobacco and nicotine. One public-health expert said: “The tactic is to say ‘tobacco industry’ like senator Joseph McCarthy would once say ‘communist’ and assume that […]
Recent legislation transposes the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive into Polish law and regulates e-cigarettes in the same way as tobacco.
This means advertising and vaping are banned in public places are banned, in line with the restrictions on combustible tobacco products.
A ban on distance sales in Poland is transforming a well-established e-cigarette market.
New research from Konstantinos Farsalinos could help to counter the misinformation on vaping that has become common in Malaysian policy circles.
Two new studies out of Canada come to different conclusions for the motivations of adults and children in taking up vaping.
Taiwan may consider partial legalisation of nicotine e-cigs as part of a proposal to close loopholes in current laws, hoping to cut down on youth uptake.
New vapour products have been barred from entry to the U.S. market – but what impact will this have on those already on sale? How will the FDA’s final deeming rule impact the packaging of e-cig products considered “safe”?
One of the world’s largest e-cig markets, France has transposed the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) in several pieces of legislation, starting with the Health Law plus decrees and ordinances with more detailed product specific regulation for e-cigarettes.
The most stringent provision has been an almost complete ban on any type of advertising and sponsorship, which equalises the e-cig regime with that of tobacco.
A new study shows that youth e-cig users in the U.S. vape for flavours and not nicotine. The result has serious implications for future policy making decisions and justifications.
The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) has important implications for the products that are allowed on the e-cig market, because it prescribes their characteristics, such as the permitted concentration of nicotine or the size of bottles.
Article 20 of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) imposes information requirements and restrictions on the labelling of e-cigarette products. These new rules affect bottles, packaging and leaflets.
The effects of nicotine remain a major focus for scientific researchers investigating e-cigarettes, as three new studies indicate.
The EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) demands that manufacturers supply information on the ingredients and components of e-cig products, as well as testing ingredients and carrying out toxicological assessments – but it is vague on the detail of what to test and how. More clarity has been forthcoming from the European Commission (EC), however, with guidance on its expectations for testing.
Four out of ten English retailers are still unsure about age restrictions on e-cigarette products, according to a new review.
The first e-cigarette device which only works with synthetic nicotine is being developed through a partnership between two U.S. e-cig companies.
A proposal has been submitted to Australian health authorities that would change the legal status of nicotine containing e-liquids if approved.
There may be more recent ECigIntelligence reports on this territory. Please visit the home page for Russia or the advanced search page. Executive summary • E-cigarette products are mainly unregulated in Russia, aside from general consumer and safety regulation. • Several initiatives to regulate policy are currently being discussed at the State Duma. […]
Six U.S. states have enacted an excise tax on e-cigarettes and vapour products. Within these states – Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia – will synthetic nicotine be subject to tax?
A new U.S. study claiming to show a link between youth e-cigarette use and tobacco smoking has not only been criticised by many scientists working in the field, but also demonstrates how misconceptions and misinformation on the topic of vaping spread through the media.
Countless bottles of e-liquid stocked by U.S. vape stores will unexpectedly become illegal tomorrow, following a U.S. federal agency’s last-minute decision to reinterpret the rules on child-proofing.
We head south to see how Spain’s e-cigarette retailers lay out their wares. How hot are Spanish vape product displays and point of sale?
Italy is famous for its style and its vape stores are no exception. Browse through our photo gallery of shop fronts and e-cig displays.
These photos give you a glimpse into how Greek retailers promote their e-cig products through instore point of sale and window displays
A visual taster of how some of Bulgaria’s e-cig retailers do point of sale, product and window displays
Take a visual tour of some of France’s vape stores and see how French retailers do point of sale, product and window displays
There may be more recent ECigIntelligence reports on this territory. Please visit the home page for the United States or the advanced search page. Introduction On 10th May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalised its regulations that deemed tobacco products to be subject to the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. […]
Stories about the poisonous threat of e-cigarettes have been hitting the headlines in recent years, particularly cases affecting young children, and the most serious incidents have involved fatalities. We take a look at the facts and figures.
Membership in a trade association is no guarantee that online e-cigarette sellers will adopt measures such as warning labels and age verification, according to a new U.S. study, despite industry bodies often arguing that their members lead the way.
E-cigarettes, public health and regulation will again be high on the agenda for the annual Global Forum on Nicotine held in Poland next month.
The EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) and national legislation are broadly sufficient to protect the public from nicotine poisoning, an official European study has concluded. But it does recommend further consumer education on the risks of ingestion, as well as tight control of industrial nicotine.
E-cigarette designers may have found a way around the restrictions on maximum e-liquid tank size in the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
Harm reduction vs the precautionary principle is an issue which has split public-health experts since the HIV epidemic of the 1980s, and still underlies debates over e-cigarette regulation such as the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
New guidance for stop-smoking services in the UK demonstrates how e-cigarettes can contribute to smoking cessation.
Bristol City Council is openly advocating for the use of e-cigarettes as part of nicotine replacement therapy proceedings, marking a change from normal local government views on e-cigs.
A new study commissioned by Hong Kong’s Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) purports to show significant problems with carcinogens in vapour from electronic cigarettes, leading the organisation to reiterate its calls for a complete ban on the products.
A new study estimates that somewhere between 16,000 and 22,000 more people have been able to successfully quit conventional cigarettes for at least a year thanks to electronic cigarettes.
TV ads seen by young people may lead them to start vaping later, researchers claim in a report which is likely to add further fuel to the debate over e-cigarette marketing – a debate where studies that detect an influence are garnering much more attention than those that suggest advertising is less effectual.
E-cigarette manufacturers may have a choice of mechanisms for safe refilling of their products under the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive (EU TPD).
Pax Labs has successfully secured an American patent for its nicotine salt e-liquid formulation, and has announced expanded European distribution for its heat-not-burn Pax 2 device.
The U.S. Senate has approved a bill to require child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine offered for sale.
The e-cigarette industry in Malaysia has been thrown into chaos by health ministry raids on vape shops that sell nicotine-containing e-liquid.
A French government agency found significant irregularities in tested e-liquid samples and e-cigarette chargers.
A lack of competition has left the south and east of England with the highest average pricing in vape stores – but prices across the UK generally remain remarkably competitive with online sellers, according to new research from ECigIntelligence.
Regulators should set a standard methodology for the pharmacokinetic tests that measure how much nicotine is in vapers’ or smokers’ blood, say scientists at British American Tobacco (BAT).
Experienced users should not be dismissed as unreliable sources of insight when e-cigarettes are being discussed, and their advice can be valuable for those just starting to vape or considering it, according to a British researcher.
British American Tobacco (BAT) is expanding its presence in the international e-cigarette market through the acquisition of Poland’s major supplier and formalising its co-operation with U.S. tobacco firm Reynolds American.
Introduction • Regulatory landscape • Current regulatory framework • Product categorisation • Age restrictions • Product restrictions • Notification procedure • Public usage • Advertising and marketing restrictions • Cross-border sales • Taxation • Case law • Enforcement • Conclusions • Graphic: how Portuguese e-cigarette regulation will change
Public Health England has voiced its support for e-cigarettes backed by newly commissioned research into their potential impact on consumer health and use in harm reduction as well as smoking cessation.
An in-depth look at the regulation and legislation ruling the South Korean e-cigarette market.
There may be more recent ECigIntelligence reports on this territory. Please visit the full list of regulatory reports, or the advanced search page. Executive summary E-cigarettes are not currently regulated in Cyprus but they are subject to general consumer protection and safety regulations unless they are deemed a medicine “by presentation”. ECigIntelligence has […]
New York state’s attorney general has cracked down on e-cigarette firms that violate state laws against selling e-liquids without child-proof packaging.
Introduction • Regulatory landscape • Current regulatory framework • The missing pieces from the TPD jigsaw • Conclusions
A new study has downplayed concerns about youth e-cigarette use in the UK and even suggested that some minors may be using e-cigs in attempts to give up smoking.
A new advertising campaign from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sent shock waves through the e-cigarette sector, with many claiming it demonstrates official bias against the products. But is that a fair reading of the CDC’s ads?
Tobacco-flavoured e-liquid contains significantly lower levels of harmful compounds than tobacco itself, even when the flavouring is produced from cured tobacco leaves, new research suggests.
Vaping in TV commercials may increase smokers’ urge to reach for a cigarette and decrease optimism among those that quit tobacco, a new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication suggests.
Imperial Tobacco’s Fontem Ventures does not plan to create a nicotine oral strip similar to Nicoccino’s, despite launching a new brand of caffeinated strip called Reon.
Canada is taking the first steps toward much-desired federal regulation of e-cigarettes with the release of a parliamentary committee report making detailed recommendations on the shape of national law.
A flurry of health scares about vaping in the mainstream media has seemed to gather force in recent months. But they do not always accurately represent the science.
Executive summary • Introduction • Dutch regulatory powers • Previous Dutch e-cig regulation • New regulation in detail • Definition of e-cigarette • Advertising • Ingredients • Additives • Packaging • Instruction leaflet • Child-proofing • E-liquid volume and nicotine concentration • What next?
The top public health official in the state of California has all but declared war on e-cigarettes, in a pair of reports that focus closely on the products’ purported health risks while repudiating their claimed benefits.
Californian legislators will soon consider another proposal to bring e-cigarettes into the ambit of tobacco legislation, with effects including a widespread ban on vaping in public places.
Trying nicotine through experimentation with e-cigarettes does not seem likely to lead to a tobacco smoking habit, according to new research from Oklahoma which casts tentative doubt on the “gateway hypothesis” of e-cigs as a pathway to conventional cigarettes.
Relatively little scientific work has been done on comparing dependence on nicotine via tobacco with dependence on the substance via other delivery vehicles. But new U.S. research attempts to answer this question using a new index of dependence created specifically for the comparison.
E-liquid has no short-term deleterious effect on human lung cells, according to a German e-cig manufacturer which commissioned research comparing the vapour of nicotine-containing liquid with tobacco smoke.
A basic chemical analysis of e-liquids could soon be provided by simple handheld devices.
Executive summary • Market size • Consumption patterns • Pricing and spend • Sales, distribution and marketing • Raw materials and manufacturing
Europe’s largest outsourced manufacturing facility for nicotine products is to open in the UK city of Liverpool.
American e-liquid manufacturers face a significant rise in paperwork from the deeming regulations currently being finalised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a consultancy has warned.
The two largest countries in the world are preparing to launch strict anti-tobacco regulation which could open up huge markets for e-cigarettes or squash them at a hardly-developed stage.
Smokers seeking alternatives to the combustible cigarette face problems that neither e-cigs nor nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can fully solve, according to the CEO of a Swedish firm which is taking a completely different technology approach.
Legislators in Canada’s most populous province are considering a comprehensive e-cig bill which would prohibit vaping in public enclosed spaces, limit in-store marketing, forbid sale to minors, and make flavour bans possible.
Nearly 20% of middle and high school students in Minnesota have tried vaping, a proportion about three times higher than the national average – but the public health researchers who produced the figure have cautioned against assuming that it represents a major problem for the state.
E-cigarettes may be more effective than previously thought in reducing craving for tobacco cigarettes and helping people quit smoking, according to a group of Belgian scientists who partially attribute their results to the use of second-generation e-cigs.
When policy-makers, scientists and health professionals gather in the august halls of London’s Royal Society for the E-Cigarette Summit this Thursday, it will be just the start of a busy conference season in Europe.
The final recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) on e-cigarettes allow for a wide range of regulatory regimes but single out advertising as a prime candidate for controls, as expected, as well as hinting at the need for public place usage restrictions.
A comprehensive survey of the U.S. e-cigarette market and regulation, including: Market size • Consumption patterns • Online pricing • Distribution • Raw material supply • E-cigarette usage surveys • Current U.S. e-cigarette regulation • The future of e-cigarette regulation in the United States • Potential challenges to the deeming regulations • Taxation of e-cigs • State and local government regulation case study – California • Public place restrictions by state and local governments • Challenging the deeming regulations – precedents • The FDA regulatory process • The role and influence of trade and consumer associations
Things are changing at Philip Morris International (PMI), with new plans for tackling the reduced risk tobacco products sector.
The U.S. state of Missouri is to legally distinguish between e-cigarettes and tobacco products, following disagreement among law-makers which saw legislation passed, then vetoed, and finally reinstated.
Britain’s medicines regulator has issued a product licence for the nicotine inhaler Voke, which will be sold by British American Tobacco’s subsidiary Nicoventures and looks likely to be the closest pharmaceutically-approved competitor to the e-cigarette.
Thailand’s government is planning to clamp down harder on the import of e-cigarettes, seeking to close potential loopholes in the products’ confusing legal situation.
WHO’s basis for regulation • Political will to regulate • Regulatory proposals in detail • Likely impact of COP6 recommendations • Industry excluded from consultation? • Russia’s political situation and COP6 • Conclusions
Two eminent American scientists have drawn the ire of e-cigarette advocates for suggesting that the products could be a gateway to illicit drugs, with the nicotine in e-liquid enhancing the effect of cocaine.
New data on vaping habits and smoking intentions among U.S. youth will provide further ammunition for those sceptical on e-cigarettes’ public health benefits.
Prison inmates in North Carolina are to be allowed e-cigarettes, following an unusual law-making decision which implicitly gives official recognition to the products as substitutes for tobacco smoking.
Laypeople reading a new opinion paper in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer may be alarmed, but it is important to note that although nicotine can contribute to cancer, on its own the current evidence does not support a direct, carcinogenic link in “normal use”.
A new review of medical and public health research on e-cigarettes concludes that tobacco-style regulation is unjustifiably strict, but also suggests that further research is needed on health effects and the relationship of e-cigs to smoking.
A Swedish court has upheld attempts by the country’s medical products regulator to treat nicotine-containing e-cigarettes as pharmaceuticals, meaning that they must go through a licensing process and cannot be sold in outlets such as groceries and convenience stores.
Recent research on the possible cardiovascular health effects of nicotine and smokeless tobacco have generated fierce rejoinders from advocates of e-cigarettes.
Ten U.S. public health organisations have today asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to move quickly on child-proofing of e-liquid containers, and extend its proposed e-cigarette regulations to cover flavourings and advertising.
Vapers are switching away from using e-cigarettes as simulators of tobacco smoking and embracing them as a product category in their own right, according to a new market study.
The first comprehensive report on e-cigarettes in the European Union is now available to all ECigIntelligence subscribers.
E-cigarettes are on the agenda for a host of trade and professional conferences over the coming weeks, reflecting the urgent need for understanding of new regulatory measures as well as the sector’s development and improving scientific knowledge about the products.
More research into the preferences of e-cigarette users has suggested a relationship between their tobacco smoking habits and choice of e-cig design.
A little-noticed provision in the new regulations for e-cigarettes and other products proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears to give the agency authority to extend its remit to novel tobacco products as yet uninvented.
The new e-cigarette regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will apply to cartridges as well as the e-cigs themselves, but some accessories may be exempt.
The increasing popularity of e-cigarettes is putting consumers at risk of fatal nicotine poisoning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has warned.
The European Commission is expected to issue technical specifications on the measurement of nicotine intake from e-cigarettes, as member states’ law-makers and the industry prepare to comply with the testing requirements of the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
The vote in the European Parliament that passed the revamped Tobacco Products Directive will have some e-cigarette manufacturers contemplating the costly and often lengthy process of medicines licensing, in order to compete with larger firms able to afford the advantages that a marketing authorisation could bring.
British American Tobacco (BAT) plans to launch another e-cigarette in the UK next year after identifying the “non-tobacco nicotine market” as a priority.
E-cigarettes appear to be gaining favour among British consumers at the expense of smoking cessation products, with users considering them just as effective.
The European Parliament voted today in favour of revising the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), bringing e-cigarettes under its control for the first time and raising the prospect of further wrangling across Europe as member states attempt to implement its sometimes vague rules.
One county in Utah has imposed new regulations on e-cigarettes in advance of legislation expected from the state government.
An apparently uncontroversial vote in Ohio on under-age access to e-cigarettes highlights one of the thornier problems facing law-makers and regulators dealing with the new industry.