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22nd February 2023
Kazakhstan: The Ministry of Health has drawn up a proposed decree on graphic warnings about the dangers of using heat-not-burn (HnB) and other tobacco and nicotine products. The draft is open to public consultation until 3rd March.
1st February 2023
10th January 2023
Kazakhstan: The tax rate for heated tobacco consumables has changed from 1st January to KZT9,870 ($21.45) per 1,000.
9th January 2023
9th November 2022
EAEU: Representatives of all five Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia – attended a meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to discuss the regulation of nicotine-containing products. Members said all such products were “harmful” and that in line with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, heated tobacco products should be considered not as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) but as tobacco and “regulated as strictly as traditional tobacco products” as there was no evidence that they are any less harmful than cigarettes.
7th October 2022
20th September 2022
Kazakhstan: A small group of deputies has proposed a reduction in the excise tax rates on heated tobacco products, media reports. However, deputy economy minister Azamat Amrin and health ministry representative Gulnara Sarsenbayeva are both reportedly opposed to the proposal.
13th September 2022
Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU): Following a decision by the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission, up to 200 heated tobacco consumables can be imported duty-free into the EAEU – the economic union of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia – for personal use. This will apply from 8th October to over-21s entering Kazakhstan and to over-18s in the other EAEU member states.
12th July 2022
5th July 2022
Kazakhstan: Jamilya Sadykova, leader of the national coalition “For a Smoke-Free Kazakhstan”, is suing Philip Morris Kazakhstan over sponsorship and inappropriate advertising of heated tobacco, media reports. The Special Economic Court of the Almaty Region has reportedly accepted the claim against the Iqos manufacturer.
23rd June 2022
Kazakhstan: The Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament, has approved a bill to introduce changes to the Tax Code, media reports. It would increase the tax rate on heated tobacco to KZT12,925 ($2.50) per kg from 1st January 2023 with a gradual increase to follow over the next ten years. The bill will now be sent to president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev for signature.
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