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.

14th November 2022 - Africa, Morocco |
Morocco: The House of Representatives has approved Finance Bill No. 50.22 for the fiscal year 2023, which stipulated an additional tax on the retail sale price of heated tobacco, at a rate of MAD675 ($62) per kg. The law explains that tax increases are implemented to restrict the usage of alternative nicotine products as they pose a similar risk to health as cigarettes.
14th November 2022 - Africa, Egypt |
Egypt: In a televised interview, Consumer Protection Agency head Ayman Hossam El-Din warned tobacco retailers about selling their products at inflated prices, saying that the agency will launch control campaigns to monitor prices and fight the black market. He explained that violations could result in fines of up to EGP2m ($82,000).
9th November 2022 - Africa, Morocco |

Morocco: The governing National Rally of Independents has proposed amending the 2023 Finance Bill, placing an additional tax on the retail sale price of heated tobacco, at a rate of MAD675 ($62.30) per kg, press reports.

2nd November 2022 - Africa, Tunisia |

Tunisia: The Tunisian General Workers’ Union (UGTT) says it will oppose the privatisation of the state-owned National Tobacco and Matches Administration, press reports. Privatisation, which the government has reportedly promised the International Monetary Fund it will carry out, would end the state monopoly of all tobacco product manufacture, marketing and supply.

30th September 2022 - Africa, Egypt |
Egypt: Tomorrow, 1st October, is the deadline given to companies manufacturing, importing and distributing tobacco and its alternatives to affix prices on tobacco products, e-cigarettes and tobacco alternatives using a QR code, in accordance with the Egyptian Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) Resolution No. 125 of 2021.
28th September 2022 - Africa, South Africa |

South Africa: The government has approved the submission to Parliament of the 2018 Tobacco Products and  Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill, which will introduce further controls. Among other things, the bill – the latest version of which has not yet been published – proposes “100% smoke-free indoor” and some outdoor non-smoking areas, and strengthens the rules on packaging and health warnings.

6th September 2022 - Africa, Egypt |

Egypt: A legal clarification has been issued by the Customs ِAuthority, imposing an additional tax on oral tobacco sold in duty-free stores. The clarification, following Law No. 2/2018 obliges duty-free companies to pay 10% tax on the retail selling price for the benefit of the health insurance system, in addition to 14% VAT. The tax will also apply to cigarettes and shisha, but not to e-cigarettes or heated tobacco.

17th August 2022 - Africa, South Africa |

South Africa: The Department of Health has told TobaccoIntelligence that the draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, first put forward in 2018has been approved by the Forum of South African Directors General for presentation to the cabinet. Ministers will now either agree and submit the bill to parliament or suggest changes. The next steps, including the timetable, will be guided by the cabinet.

11th August 2022 - Africa, Egypt |

Egypt: The Ministry of Finance has issued a decree setting out a new process for paying the health insurance tax on tobacco products. Decree No. (369) of 2022, published in the Official Gazette, requires the tax to be paid to the state’s public treasury, through Central Bank of Egypt account 2/70/30301/2, instead of to the Health Insurance AuthorityHeated tobacco is taxed in Egypt at a rate of EGP1,400 ($74) per kg, plus 10% of the price.

1st July 2022 - Africa, Egypt |
Egypt: Today (1st July) the Egyptian Tax Authority published a warning against the sale of tobacco products, heated tobacco and e-cigarettes that do not contain tax stamps. It stated that whoever sells tobacco products without the tax stamp (pendulum) on them could face criminal charges of tax and customs evasion, punishable by imprisonment. The tax authority also announced a new QR stamp system that is yet to be implemented.
30th June 2022 - Africa, Egypt |
Egypt: The Egyptian customs authority has published instruction No. 46/2022. Although there is still a degree of discussion, TobaccoIntelligence understands the instruction prohibits importing brands of all tobacco products that are also produced in Egypt, as reported by local press. No customs release letters will be issued if an imported product is also produced in Egypt, as it is a measure intended to protect local manufacturers. Only brands that are not produced in Egypt may be imported. In addition, the instruction clarifies that sanctions will be imposed according to Customs Law No. 207/2020 against the shipments that do not comply with the instruction. 
28th June 2022 - Africa, Egypt |
Egypt: The Egyptian Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) has extended to October the deadline for manufacturers, importers and distributors of tobacco and its alternatives to print prices on their products using QR codes. A December 2021 resolution originally gave companies until July 2022 to effect the change.
15th June 2022 - Africa, South Africa |

South Africa: The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that the regulations banning the sale of tobacco products during the Covid-19 lockdown were invalid and unconstitutional. This comes after the minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs imposed a series of regulations to contain Covid-19, including a ban on the sale of heated tobacco and e-cigarettes.