14th August 2023
- Saudi Arabia: On 11th August, the Ministry of Municipal Rural Affairs and Housing passed Decision No. 4400984351/2023 amending the regulation on Tobacco Licence Fees. The decision levies an additional tax for selling or serving tobacco products in hospitality premises at a rate of 100% of the retail selling price (for each unit) provided that the value of the fee is not less than SAR25 ($6.66) per unit. Each month, the premises must submit an account of its sales to its municipality, including the amount of the 100% fee in a separate item, and pay the fee within 15 days.
29th May 2023
- Saudi Arabia: The country's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has announced the establishment of a nicotine products company called Badeal. The company will support the country's Tobacco Endgame 2030 strategy, which aims to halve the current smoking rates, by developing and distributing tobacco-free nicotine products.
3rd May 2023
Saudi Arabia: The Ministry of Rural Affairs and Housing has introduced an initial draft through the public consultation platform on the requirements for offering tobacco and e-cigarettes on hospitality premises. The proposal prohibits signs advertising the use of tobacco and requires any premises selling tobacco to post a price list. It also requires health warning signs and a warning against providing tobacco to minors. The proposal will be under consideration until 10th May.
2nd November 2022
- Saudi Arabia: The National Committee for Tobacco Control plans to increase the excise tax on all tobacco products to 150% in an attempt to limit the number of tobacco users, press reports.
5th October 2022
19th September 2022
- Saudi Arabia: The Board of Directors of the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority has issued the decision No. 570/2022 approving the amendments to the executive by-law on excise tax. According to the decision, importers and producers of excise goods will now be obliged to disclose the tax to the authority within a period of 15 days from the date of the tax due. In addition, a warehouse will be eligible for licensing as a tax warehouse if it acquires an average of 250,000 units of alternative tobacco products, as opposed to the previous 500,000.
29th August 2022
- Saudi Arabia: Yesterday, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing issued a draft rule on retail, licensing and advertising of tobacco products. The proposal prohibits product display in shop windows and advertising on the exterior of stores. It also requires retailers to display a health warning and a sign prohibiting sales to minors both inside and outside of their stores. The proposal will be under consideration until 11th September.
9th August 2022
Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has told TobaccoIntelligence it is not considering lifting the ban on oral tobacco and snus, being committed to circular No. (122/p) dated 1/1/1440 H banning the sale and circulation of oral tobacco.
8th August 2022
Saudi Arabia: The Riyadh Municipality has tweeted about “the most prominent violations” by hospitality premises serving tobacco products, including heated tobacco. They include offering tobacco products without a permit, failure to disclose monthly sales, failure to specify a “tobacco product serving fee” and adding it as a separate item on the customer’s invoice. The authoritiy points out that all these violations are subject to the penalties stipulated in the 2019 Anti-Smoking Law.
25th July 2022
Saudi Arabia: The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority has published an updated list of goods that cannot be imported into the kingdom, including oral tobacco, paan and snus. The authorities have clarified that when a shipment containing prohibited material is seized, the contents will be confiscated and destroyed at the port and a fine imposed on the importer.
11th July 2022
- Saudi Arabia: The National Committee for Tobacco Control has tweeted that the Islamic pilgrimage season, the Hajj, is an opportunity to quit smoking, and stressed that under the Anti-Smoking Law Royal Decree No. (M/56)/2015 it is prohibited to consume any tobacco product in religious areas, including squares and places surrounding mosques.