2023-11-08T10:33:58+01:00 November 7th, 2023|Regulations, Trusticert, World|0 Comments
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Disposable electronic cigarettes are disposable devices that have become very popular throughout Europe, in both nicotine and nicotine-free versions. They come in different flavors and nicotine levels and often feature eye-catching packaging in bright colors. Such devices are raising concern because they attract very young people and teenagers, and several European and non-European countries have already announced plans to ban these types of products.
Below is an overview of countries where there is a clear intention to ban disposable electronic cigarettes.
As a reminder, the Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on batteries and waste batteries, repealing Directive 2006/66/EC and amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1020, which stipulates that electronic products placed on the market must use only rechargeable batteries, effectively spells the end of disposable cigarettes, is under consideration by the European Commission.


French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne has announced a national plan to combat smoking by anticipating that disposable electronic cigarettes will be banned in France in 2024. As of today’s date, the decree setting the actual start date of the ban has not yet been issued.

A national consultation on the ban is underway in Ireland , while many health and environmental groups are urging the government to act.

Online sales of disposable electronic cigarettes in Belgium are already banned. Belgian Public Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke plans to ban the sale of disposable electronic cigarettes starting in 2025.

Germany plans to crack down on disposable e-cigarettes, banning their sale probably as early as 2024. In addition, the German government would like to lobby the EU to ban disposable e-cigarettes throughout Europe.

In the Netherlands, a ban on the production and sale of flavored vaping liquids went into effect on July 1, 2023. By law, vaping products (which also include disposable cigarettes) that contain only and exclusively a list of 16 substances are allowed. There is a transition period until January 1, 2024, to end stocks.

In the United Kingdom, the government is considering a decision to ban disposable e-cigarettes, especially after pressure from the Welsh and Scottish governments, which believe that risks to human health and the environment are a compelling reason for the ban.


New Zealand
In New Zealand, a ban on disposable devices has already been in effect since August 2023. This measure is part of a master plan in which the country, seeking to discourage device use among young people, has imposed a series of rules. Starting Sept. 21, 2023, electronic cigarette retailer shops must be at least 300 meters from schools. Tempting flavor names such as “cotton candy” are also banned, and images of cartoons or toys will no longer be allowed on the packaging. In addition, devices sold in the country will have to have rechargeable or replaceable batteries, and as a result, disposable devices will no longer be allowed.

Australia has adopted the toughest response, making vaporizers saleable only by prescription, reducing nicotine content and limiting flavors.

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