Policy and Politics

European Commission evaluates tobacco policy…

23rd May 2022 - Alerts | Europe |

EC addresses question on the role of nicotine products…

19th May 2022 - Alerts | Europe |

EU compliance calendar

16th May 2022 - Regulatory trackers |

The ECigIntelligence compliance calendar provides key regulatory deadline dates applicable to the vape sector. View deadlines and add them to your own calendar to stay ahead of upcoming changes to regulations

WHO report raises concerns over electronic waste…

13th May 2022 - Alerts | World |

US regulatory tracker: Enacted state law May

1st May 2022 - Regulatory trackers |

Welcome to the US enacted state law regulatory tracker, updated every month and exclusively focused on state law ( federal and local law are not considered).
This tracker, updated every month, allows you to interact and filter information in the regulatory map below. Select the regulatory area and filter countries by our analysis of the level of regulatory stringency in each area.

Market report: the vape market in the Czech Republic

24th March 2022 - Market reports |

The Czech Republic, which incorporated the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into its domestic legal system in 2017, presents a developed vape market that is projected to grow in the future due to increased interest, new products entering the market and overall affordability

Parliament approves new rules for batteries…

15th March 2022 - Alerts | Europe |

Podcast: What lies ahead?

22nd February 2022 - Podcasts |

After a busy 2021 for the vaping industry, ECigIntelligence managing director Tim Phillips joins podcast editor Jon Bruford to look back at the key events of the year

Parliament votes to adopt BECA report…

17th February 2022 - Alerts | Europe |

Legalisation and regulation on the agenda…

16th February 2022 - Alerts | |

Regulatory report: Kuwait, October 2021

26th October 2021 - Regulatory reports |

Kuwait has allowed the importation and distribution of vaping products since 2016. In 2020 it introduced the use of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) current regulations for specifications, sale and use, while preparing and debating its own future regulations

Regulatory report: France, June 2021

21st June 2021 - Regulatory reports |

This report details the regulatory framework for e-cigarette products in France, including age, product, packaging and advertising restrictions, public usage, notification requirements, taxation and sanctions

Regulatory report: Jordan, June 2021

9th June 2021 - Regulatory reports |

Vapour products were legalised in Jordan in 2019. This report offers an overview of the current regulatory regime for such products, covering everything from product and age restrictions to taxation and sanctions

Regulatory report: Serbia, June 2021

7th June 2021 - Regulatory reports |

Serbia is likely to be the last country in the Balkans region of southern Europe to apply specific regulation to e-cigarettes. This report considers what laws and rules currently apply, and how they could change

Regulatory report: Japan, May 2021

10th May 2021 - Regulatory reports |

This report provides an overview of the current laws and restrictions around e-cigs in Japan, focusing on areas such as advertising, labelling and packaging, age and product restrictions, taxation and enforcement

Regulatory report: Italy, April 2021

29th April 2021 - Regulatory reports |

This report offers a thorough analysis of the current regulatory regime in Italy for e-cigarettes, covering all aspects of law from age and product restriction to packaging and labelling, and advertising and tax

Regulatory report: Poland, April 2021

14th April 2021 - Regulatory reports |

The Polish e-cigarette market is one of the most constrained by regulation in Europe. This report covers the current regime for vaping products, including the latest legal changes and the likely impact of a recent tax rise

UK healthcare products agency ready to take over e-cigarette notifications

28th December 2020 - Regulatory briefing |

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is on course to take charge of new e-cigarette product notifications in England, Scotland and Wales from 1st January, when Britain will officially no longer be a member of the EU following the 12-month transition period. The agency has already migrated to the new submission portal […]

Regulatory report: UK, November 2020

24th November 2020 - Regulatory reports |

The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 transposed the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) in the UK. It is expected to be reviewed in 2021. This report provides an overview of the current regime in place in the UK

Regulatory report: Albania, August 2020

7th August 2020 - Regulatory reports |

Although not yet an EU member, Albania – to an extent – replicated the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into domestic law in 2019 through the amendment to the Law on the Protection of Health from Tobacco Products

Could the land that makes e-cigarettes for the world ban them at home?

22nd June 2020 - Blog |

Could China, where most of the world’s e-cigarettes are made, actually be considering banning them? It could have major global repercussions for the whole vaping industry – and so, potentially, for levels of smoking – if it did. A gradual move towards a total e-cig ban was among the proposals put forward at the so-called […]

US Regulatory tracker: state executive orders banning flavours

18th June 2020 - Regulatory trackers |

Keep track of the rapidly changing state level regulations with regards to the recent executive orders issued by the state executive branches.
We continue to update this tracker regularly to ensure that you have the latest information regarding the rapidly changing regulatory and judicial developments in the current states and any others that may follow suit.

Regulatory report: Sweden, March 2020

24th March 2020 - Regulatory reports |

This regulatory report provides in-depth analysis of the current vaping regulations in Sweden, including laws around advertising and marketing, labelling and packaging, notification, public usage, tax and more

Are e-cigs really more dangerous to kids than guns or combustibles?

16th January 2020 - Blog |

A story published by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (“in partnership with The Daily Mail”, so investigative credentials already perhaps a little tarnished) purports to expose a “loophole” in UK advertising rules that “lets Juul advertise to children at the cinema”. It reports that “adverts promoting Juul’s vaping device ran before screenings of Angel Has Fallen, […]

A household name, but Juul is still keen to clean up its reputation

30th April 2019 - Business briefing |

“Do you vape, or use e-cigarettes?” “No, I juul.” The fact that’s a plausible exchange among US teenagers shows just how far Juul has come in making itself part of US life. It’s become part of the language. And that may be a double-edged sword for the company, increasing its visibility both to potential customers […]

New York State regulatory report

13th February 2019 - Regulatory reports |

This updated report looks at around 30 new bills to restrict vapour products which have been introduced to the New York State Assembly and Senate since the 2019 legislative session convened on 9th January

Governor Cuomo announces plans to curb vaping in New York State

24th January 2019 - Regulatory briefing |

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently announced part of a comprehensive plan to reduce the use of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.

As a statement of intent, Governor Cuomo then presented his $152.3 billion state budget for 2019, including a 10 cent per ml tax on e-liquid. The tax would be imposed on all products, regardless of whether they contain nicotine or not. If passed, the tax would take effect 180 days later.

Austria beefs up regulatory stance with Non-Smoking Act

21st January 2019 - Regulatory briefing |

Austria has recently tightened up its regulatory stance with the Non Smoking Act (Nichtraucherschutzgesetz) restricting the purchasing age for e-cigs and similar tobacco products to 18 years old, from 1st January 2019. Previously, the minimum age for buying tobacco-related products was 16 years old.
The new age limit was voted into law in the federal parliament in April 2018, and now needs to be implemented by each state or land.

E-liquids now taxed: Cyprus regulatory report

8th January 2019 - Regulatory reports |

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

India aims to ramp up Information Technology Act to block e-cig promotion

27th December 2018 - Regulatory briefing |

New changes to the Information Technology Act aim to block any information on the internet promoting e-cigarettes to residents of India.
This week, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) proposed an amendment to the Draft of the Information Technology Intermediary Guidelines Rules, which obliges any intermediary or internet-based service provider to inform users not to “host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update or share any information that (…) threatens public health or safety; promotion of cigarettes or any other tobacco products or consumption of intoxicant including alcohol and Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS).”

Industry and stakeholders react to US Surgeon General’s advisory

21st December 2018 - Regulatory briefing |

Tuesday’s advisory on e-cigarettes from US Surgeon General Jerome Adams sparked a response from relevant actors for the industry that fell along the usual lines; industry members indicated displeasure with the advisory, while some tobacco control groups and regulators parroted its talking points or generally indicated support.

Czech Republic regulatory report

19th December 2018 - Regulatory reports |

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

Juul advances UK presence in deal with major supermarket chain

30th November 2018 - Business briefing |

Controversial US vaping firm Juul Labs has secured a deal to sell its vaping product in one of the UK’s largest supermarket chains.

The most publicised player in the US e-cigarette market started selling its vaping product in its UK stores in early November but now Juul will also be available in Sainsbury’s stores.

Lithuania regulatory report

26th November 2018 - Regulatory reports |

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

Texas regulatory report

15th November 2018 - Regulatory reports |

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

Vaping laws expanded: Germany regulatory report

30th October 2018 - Regulatory reports |

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

E-cig regulation issues are ‘not black and white’, says FDA’s Zeller

22nd October 2018 - Regulatory briefing |

Mitch Zeller, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, gave a keynote address at an e-cigarette conference at New York University’s School of Law on Friday. The long-time tobacco hawk struck a surprisingly conciliatory tone, acknowledging that the issue of how to regulate e-cigs, “is not black-and-white,” and that there’s currently “a stalemate” on harm reduction strategies. Zeller also mentioned the Nasem Report, which reported reduced short-term negative health outcomes from e-cigs and that vape users are less likely to smoke cigarettes.

THR regulations: a global perspective

24th September 2018 - Regulatory briefing |

Earlier this month ECigIntelligence managing director Tim Phillips spoke at the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum, looking at Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) regulations and whether legislation was advancing or holding back THR

Second highest notification fees in Europe: Denmark regulatory report

3rd September 2018 - Regulatory reports |

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.

FDA squeeze means more bad press for e-cigs

25th May 2018 - Regulatory briefing |

E-cigarettes have been hitting the headlines recently, thanks to recent actions by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has been battling against teen use, particularly Juul Labs’ Juul product. Juul has taken a large portion of the market, and it has been framed as the Pied Piper of e-cigs, supposedly luring teens to the products.

Ukraine regulatory report: TPD beyond the EU?

12th March 2018 - Regulatory reports |

Ukraine’s current regulatory setup is lenient on e-cigs but with politicians keen to foster stronger links with the EU, and with acts now in force to strengthen existing relations, it’s only a matter of time before the European Union Association Agreement leads to tighter regulations

New product enables legal e-liquid sampling in the US

23rd February 2018 - Marketing & retailing |

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.