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.