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Canadian government introduces long-expected e-cigarette bill

22nd November 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

Canada
North America
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

Canada’s government today made its long-awaited move to end regulatory confusion with a new bill which puts vapour products in a category of their own, distinct from conventional tobacco.

Smoking ban, -public policy and vaping - Elvert Barnes

Public vaping bans can be bad for your health, researchers warn

22nd November 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

England
Europe
North America
Northern Ireland
Scotland
United Kingdom
United States
Wales
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory briefing

Public vaping bans run contrary to best science and may have negative effects on public health, undermining efforts to combat smoking, according to a report by several leading academics.

Notifications accelerate as TPD deadline approaches fast

17th November 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

Belgium
Croatia
Denmark
EU
Europe
France
Greece
Hungary
Netherlands
Romania
Scandinavia
Slovenia
Sweden
United Kingdom
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory briefing

Regulatory authorities across Europe are experiencing a rush of notifications as the TPD November 20th 2016 deadline approaches.

UK local governments force e-cig users to vape in smoking areas

16th November 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

Europe
United Kingdom
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory briefing

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.

WHO discusses ENDS, continues taking fight to tobacco industry

10th November 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

Asia
India
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory briefing

As the third day of the World Health Organization’s seventh Conference of the Parties (COP7) came to a close in India, the WHO was busy pushing for all loopholes to be closed in article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

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WHO criticised for closed-door talks as COP7 gets underway

8th November 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

Asia
India
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory briefing

Amid protests from local farmers, the seventh session of the Conference of Parties is underway in New Delhi with a focus on the illegal tobacco trade and Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) – which the WHO has been critical of.

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Battery fires burn holes in e-cigarettes’ safety reputation

7th November 2016 - Business briefing |

EU
Europe
North America
United Kingdom
United States
Companies
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Business briefing

A growing number of reported e-cigarette battery incidents is leaving the industry facing a serious problem despite the low statistical probability of an event happening.

WHO comes under fire for “naive” report on possible harms

7th November 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory briefing

A negative report on e-cigarettes presented by the World Health Organization to the seventh session of the tobacco control conference in New Delhi has been scathingly criticised by the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, which accuses the authors of the brief report of “naïvety”.

Regulation in Norway: ban on nicotine products likely to end

3rd November 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Europe
Norway
Scandinavia
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

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.

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CDC finds high U.S. adult dual use and non-smoker vaper levels

28th October 2016 - Business briefing |

North America
United States
Market Research
Public Health and Medicine
Business briefing

New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seems to indicate that there are high levels of dual use amongst U.S. vapers and a significant percentage of vapers that have never smoked conventional cigarettes.

Heated tobacco in Europe: emerging regulation for a new category

26th October 2016 - Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Italy
Companies
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Regulatory reports

This report examines the regulation of heat-not-burn (HnB) or heated tobacco products in Europe, as well as some of the broader regulatory issues that they raise. It considers their treatment under the TPD; the question of whether they are smoking or smokeless products; and issues such as labelling, advertising and taxation. A detailed case study focuses on Italy.

Italy: light-touch TPD transposition with minimal restrictions

21st October 2016 - Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Italy
Marketing and Retailing
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Italy has adopted a light touch approach to implementing the European TPD regulations, with only minimum restrictions on the e-cigarette industry. There is only a limited ban on advertising, and no restriction on public use of e-cigs. Cross-border sales are prohibited, but domestic distance sales are allowed. Our report provides a full examination of all aspects of post-TPD e-cigarette regulation in Italy.

Netherlands: TPD followed closely, but some issues remain unresolved

20th October 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Europe
Netherlands
Marketing and Retailing
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Regulation of vape products in the Netherlands follows closely the provisions of the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). But although the vaping industry is highly regulated, a few issues remain to be resolved, such as what laboratories will be accredited for product testing. This complete regulatory report examines in detail every aspect of e-cigarette regulation in the Netherlands.

Opinion: e-cig fears smoulder, but who remembers hoverboards?

19th October 2016 - Business briefing |

Asia
Canada
China
EU
Europe
North America
United States
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Business briefing

Recent news reports have lambasted hoverboards over safety concerns – prompting multiple retailers to drop listings. But is the threat over-rated? There are some striking similarities to similar news reports on e-cigarettes.

FDA demands health documents from U.S. makers and importers

18th October 2016 - Regulatory reports |

North America
United States
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Following the introduction this summer of the deeming regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), each vapour product manufacturer or importer is required to submit health documents describing the physiological, behavioural and toxicological effects of their tobacco products, current or future.

Infographic: U.S. state legislatures focus on key e-cigarette issues

14th October 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Marketing and Retailing
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

State legislatures in the U.S. continue to have numerous e-cigarette-related bills placed before them. Totting up the topics of those proposed laws reveals that some issues remain major concerns at state level, while others seemingly don’t trouble the politicians much.

McCarthy peeking - Rupert Colley

E-cigarette researchers outraged by charities’ “threatening” letters

11th October 2016 - Marketing & retailing , Regulatory briefing |

Belgium
EU
Europe
Public Health and Medicine
Marketing & retailing
Regulatory briefing

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 […]

Required warning statements on U.S. advertisements

23rd September 2016 - Regulatory reports |

North America
United States
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

The U.S. Final Deeming Rule requires that the advertisements of all covered tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, bear an addictiveness warning label statement. For tobacco products that do not contain nicotine, there is an alternative warning label statement for packages and advertisements.

Croatia regulatory report: TPD finally being transposed

23rd September 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Croatia
Europe
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

E-cigarette products are in the process of being regulated in Croatia, by transposing the Tobacco Product Directive (TPD), once the government is established. We expect the Draft Act on Restriction of the Use of Tobacco Products to be passed by the end of 2016, or early 2017. The delay in transposition led the European Commission (EC) to take an infringement decision against Croatia.

Smoking, vaping, free will, demonic possession and tax

2nd September 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

North America
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory briefing

Nearly all smokers would be better off moving to lower-risk alternatives than giving up nicotine completely; taxing e-cigs has no rational justification; society should be prepared for more non-smokers to take up vaping; and tobacco control is often built on a “demonic possession theory”. These are among the conclusions of a provocative new paper published by the Institute of Economic Affairs and written by Carl V. Phillips.

U.S. policy wrong on vaping and nicotine, says study

2nd September 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

Michigan
North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

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.