Alternative tobacco and nicotine products in Spain

Spain transposed the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into domestic legislation through Royal Decree 579/2017, adopted on 9th June 2017, and Royal Decree-Law 17/2017, adopted on 17th November 2017. Heated tobacco consumables are considered as a new category of tobacco products in Spain, while devices are not explicitly regulated and fall under general product safety laws. This page will provide you with all data analysis you need to fully understand the current and future market and regulatory landscape of the country.

National regulatory framework: the future for new tobacco-alternative products

The Spanish government announced plans to strengthen enforcement of existing tobacco regulations and to impose taxes on new products such as heated tobacco.

The measures were announced by health minister at the Parliament Health Commission, and would create a new national regulatory framework putting heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes under the same regulation as traditional tobacco.

Although it is still not known when this will take place, as all aspects remain under discussion, the Ministry of Health launched a campaign entitled “Tobacco ties you up and kills you”(El Tabaco Ata y Te Mata en Todas sus Formas). The campaign was aimed at raising awareness among the population – particularly among young people – that tobacco is always harmful, regardless of the way it is consumed, including electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco.

Oral tobacco pouches (snus) are banned in Spain, although tobacco-free ones are regulated by general consumer laws.