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16th February 2023
Germany: The federal government has approved a draft third amendment to the Tobacco Products Act, which will transpose into national law the flavour ban for heated tobacco products imposed by EU Directive 2022/2100. The draft will now be submitted to the Bundestag. Kristine Lütke of the government-coalition Free Democratic Party told reporters the amended law should also cover nicotine pouches. “A high level of consumer protection can be guaranteed with a differentiated regulation of the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco-free nicotine pouches,” she said.
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16th November 2022
Germany: Following a meeting last week when members of the Bundestag discussed a smoking cessation study financed by the Federal Joint Committee, the body responsible for determining what medical care is covered by statutory health insurance, one of the study team has told TobaccoIntelligence that heated tobacco will be given to participants as a harm reduction product. The study has four stages: psychological counselling, nicotine replacement therapy, smoking cessation medication, and harm reduction products.
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30th August 2022
Germany: The president of the German Medical Association, Klaus Reinhardt, and the Association of Health Insurance Companies have criticised the financial package presented by health minister Karl Lauterbach to increase statutory health insurance contributions, media reports. The two associations say the increase could be avoided by using part of the excise revenue from tobacco and alcohol to support the health system. Heated tobacco has been specifically taxed in Germany since the start of the year.
23rd August 2022
Germany: A study by scientists from the Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (BfR) has concluded that specific regulation for tobacco-free nicotine pouches is advisable, including nicotine limits and labelling requirements. The researchers said that although nicotine pouches “may potentially be a reduced risk alternative for cigarette smokers or users of some other oral tobacco products, nicotine contents of some pouches were alarmingly high”.
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