Tobacco for oral use, including snus, is prohibited in Germany, with the exception of chewing tobacco.

The German authorities consider tobacco-free nicotine pouches to be foods containing the unauthorised novel food ingredient nicotine, meaning they cannot be placed on the German market.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the current regulatory framework in place in Germany for oral tobacco and nicotine pouches, covering all policy areas.

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Table of contents

  1. Executive summary
  2. Outlook
  3. Germany: the basics
  4. National regulatory framework
  5. Age restrictions
  6. Product restrictions
  7. Labelling and packaging
  8. Obligation to notify
  9. Retail channel restrictions
  10. Public usage
  11. Advertising and marketing
  12. Taxation
  13. Sanctions
  14. Relevant laws
  15. Relevant bodies

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