From February of 2022, subscribers will be able to view and filter individual regulatory alerts per region. If you want to get our monthly compilations, visit our alerts Round-up section.
13th September 2022
Uruguay: The Health Ministry has published a list of criteria for the approval of tobacco products, including heated tobacco. They include a ban on the use on packaging of messages that suggest products are less risky to health, including naming ingredients or including words such as “light” or “mild”.
5th September 2022
Uruguay: Miguel Asqueta, director general of the Ministry of Health, has said that Decree 87/2021, which authorised the sale of heated tobacco products, did not originate from the ministry, which did not support it, press reports. He added that no company had applied for a permit to import or market heated tobacco. His comments followed criticism of the decree by representative Sandra Etcheverry of the government centre-right National Party.
26th August 2022
26th August 2022
17th August 2022
Americas: The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), which serves as regional office for the World Health Organization (WHO), has published a 148-page Report on Tobacco Control for the Region of the Americas 2022. The report considers the increasing availability of heated tobacco products as a challenge that impedes the progress of tobacco control. It says: “Terms such as reduced harm or reduced risk tend to confuse people and provide a false sense of security in circumstances where there is no scientific evidence to demonstrate that the consumption of so-called reduced-harm products is safe for health.” And it adds: “The main objective of the marketing strategies for these products is ultimately to attract new users while being able to satiate current tobacco users who wish to quit.”
11th August 2022
Colombia: Julián Peinado of the Colombian Liberal Party will next week introduce in the Chamber of Representatives a bill regulating heated tobacco products, press reports. If approved, the bill will explicitly ban sales to minors and introduce packaging and labelling restrictions, including a mandatory health warning, and ban sponsorship of sporting and cultural events. As the bill has not yet been published, it is unknown whether it would also cover nicotine pouches. The Liberal Party is currently the largest party in the Chamber of Representatives, with 32 seats out of 188.
2nd August 2022
Colombia: The incoming government is planning to impose a specific excise duty on heated tobacco. President-elect Gustavo Petro and the National Federation of Departments (FND) have signed a document defining the working agenda for the next months, in which duty on heated tobacco is labelled as a priority. No details of the rate or model to be imposed have been disclosed. Currently, heated tobacco is taxed as combustible cigarettes, at a rate of COP2,563 ($0.60) per packet.
22nd July 2022
8th July 2022
7th July 2022
Brazil: The board of the National Public Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) decided unanimously at an extraordinary meeting yesterday, 6th July, to maintain the existing ban on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco. The agency will now prepare a regulatory draft that will be sent to the body’s governing body, the college, for deliberation. The college will later decide whether or not to open the draft for a public consultation.
6th July 2022
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