UK CONSIDERS INTRODUCING VAPE TAX

2024-02-15T10:24:31+01:00 February 15th, 2024|Autorità, Regulations, World|

The UK government plans to impose a tax on vaping products and more details of the law are expected in March. . With this law it’s expected an increase of the prices of vaping products by 25% at least. The government has said it wants to encourage traditional smokers to switch to vaping, meanwhile discouraging non smokers, especially young people and children, to start vape. Currently the traditional smoke is 3 times more expensive than electronic smoke, a research estimates that the average smoker could save over 600£ on a year if they switch only on vaping.

PORTUGAL: NEW TOBACCO LAW APPROVED

2024-02-12T14:21:06+01:00 February 12th, 2024|Autorità, Regulations, World|

Portugal has issued the parliamentary decree that transposes the EU directive on the revocation of certain exemptions for heated tobacco products. The new law provides for the equalisation of electronic cigarettes to traditional tobacco. It would prohibit the sell and consume of tobacco in zones near the school, the gas station, and in partially covered places.

OMAN: BAN TRADE OF E-CIG AND SHISHA

2024-02-08T12:16:25+01:00 February 8th, 2024|Autorità, Regulations, World|

On 7 of January the Oman Sultan prohibited e-cigarette trade in the country. Followed by the new law, every person that violates the prohibition will be subject to an administrative fine of up to OMR 1,000 (2.590 USD) with the penalty doubled in case of repeated violations. For the daily violation will be imposed a daily penalty of 50 OMR (129,50 USD), with a maximum import of 2.000 (5.181 USD). The decision was published in the Official Gazette and came into force the day after its publication.

BAN ON DISPOSABLE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

2023-11-08T10:33:58+01:00 November 7th, 2023|Regulations, Trusticert, World|

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

BELGIUM: EXCISE TAX FROM 1.1.2024

2023-10-26T14:57:54+02:00 October 26th, 2023|Regulations, World|

From 1 January 2024, a new excise duty system on vaping products will come into force in Belgium. Starting from that date, all e-liquids released for consumption must have a "fiscal mark" and pay the excise duty. The amount of the excise duty has not yet been set, but it has already been decided that it will be per ml. There are no changes to the application of VAT. TRANSITION PERIOD A transition period until 31 March 2024 is foreseen for all e-liquids that were already on the retail market before 1 January 2024. Starting from 1 April 2024 all e-liquids on the Belgian market will have to be equipped with a tax stamp. GENERAL INFORMATION The excise tax will apply to any liquid with or without nicotine as well as any substance intended to be used in an e-cigarette or that can be used to refill an e-cigarette. This includes PG, VG and flavors (concentrated or diluted) if sold in the context of vaping products. Excise duties are due when a product sold from a tax warehouse is released for consumption. Each company based in Belgium, will have to apply for a license as an "authorized tax warehouse" from the competent territorial authorities by completing the appropriate forms and paying a deposit; the company will then be responsible for the liquids transformed and stored in his warehouse and will have to keep precise accounts of movements to prepare periodic reports to be sent to the competent authorities. Only after obtaining the tax warehouse license the company is authorized to request the mandatory tax stamps for the sale of products and their reporting. [...]

Norway: legislation on vaping products

2021-08-30T10:35:23+02:00 August 30th, 2021|Regulations, World|

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Norway is a member of the EEA and there is currently an ongoing process to incorporate the Tobacco Product Directive (2014/40/EU-TPD) into the EEA agreement. To date, vaping products are subject to different regulations based on nicotine content. […]

TPD: cross-border sales

2021-07-26T09:09:47+02:00 July 26th, 2021|Authorities, Regulations|

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Cross-border sales of vaping products are regulated by Article 20 Paragraph 6 of the TPD and by specific national regulations. Not all Member States therefore have the same position on this matter. Let’s find out more. […]