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