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22nd September 2022
Belgium: The standstill period to submit comments on a proposal to ban nicotine pouches and cannabinoid-containing pouches, which was due to end on 16th September, has been extended until 16th December following comments by Croatia and Sweden and a detailed opinion by Hungary. The proposal was notified to the EU TRIS Database by the Belgian government in June. The stated aim of the ban is to prevent both known and potential adverse health effects of using these new products, to discourage their use by young people, and to avoid any damage to anti-tobacco efforts.
28th June 2022
Belgium: The government has notified fellow EU member states through the TRIS Database of a bill to ban nicotine pouches and cannabinoid-containing pouches. It says the aim of the ban is to prevent both known and potential adverse health effects of the products, discourage their use by young people and avoid possible negative effects on anti-tobacco efforts. The standstill period to submit comments will end on 16th September.
9th May 2022
21st April 2022
Belgium: Four large tobacco companies have been fined a total of almost €36m after the Belgian Competition Authority finally delivered a decision on a case dating back more than seven years. The four companies were accused of colluding on prices, between 2011 and 2015, avoiding the normal risks of competition. British American Tobacco (BAT) Belgium was fined €5.7m, Etablissements L. Lacroix Fils must pay €7m, while JT International and Philip Morris Benelux were fined €7.2m and €16m respectively.
28th March 2022
Belgium: The Federal Public Health Service (FPS) for Health, Food Chain Safety and the Environment has told TobaccoIntelligence that the draft 2022-2028 Interfederal Strategy for a Tobacco-Free Generation presented last week at the Interministerial Conference on Public Health (CIM Santé) will be supplemented by a series of operational objectives and the goal is to have a complete strategy adopted in autumn.
24th March 2022
Belgium: The General Drug Policy Unit (CGPD) yesterday presented the draft of the 2022-2028 Strategy for a Tobacco-Free Generation during an interministerial conference on public health. The plan sets several objectives, such as: reducing the price gap between different tobacco products, removing tobacco industry interference from the preparation and implementation of public health policies, improving health promotion policies, banning vending-machine sales, tightening restrictions on long-distance sales and advertising, and improving the make-up of tobacco products.
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