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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.

25th November 2022 - Asia, Vietnam |
Vietnam: In a workshop organised yesterday (24th November) by a newspaper, the director of the legal department from the government's office, Dinh Dung Sy, recommended that the Ministry of Industry and Trade should draft a decree as soon as possible to amend Decree 67/13 – which set rules for tobacco products and trade – to address new tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco.
23rd November 2022 - Asia, Vietnam |

Vietnam: Tran Thi Trang, deputy director of the Ministry of Health legal department, today told a seminar organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications that the health ministry was opposed to any pilot programs for e-cigarettes and heated tobacco, press reports. Instead, she proposed a ban on all such products on the grounds that they are harmful to health and attractive to children and adolescents.

23rd November 2022 - Asia, Tajikistan |

Tajikistan: Deputy health minister Abdukholik Amirzoda told a parliamentary working group on the Law on Restricting the Use of Tobacco Products that a decree was issued in October banning the import, production and sale of smokeless tobacco and non-tobacco products (pouches), with the exception of nasvay, press reports. Nasvay is a moist, powdered tobacco dip produced and used mostly in central Asia. During the meeting a draft amendment to the tobacco law was reportedly presented, aiming to ban snus and nicotine pouches, and introduce a minimum retail price for tobacco products.

21st November 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: None of the three main coalitions in Malaysia got the amount of votes needed to hold a simple majority of seats in Parliament after the 19th November parliamentary election results, leading to extreme uncertainty over the formation of the next government. Khairy Jamaluddin, former minister of health and proposer of the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 – a bill that proposes to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2007 – is highly unlikely to continue as minister of health as his party's coalition only won 30 of the 222 total seats in Parliament. Khairy has already accepted his electoral loss.
18th November 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has published revenue regulations for e-cigarettes, heated tobacco and novel tobacco products in compliance with the recently enacted Vaporised Nicotine and non-Nicotine Products Regulation Act. Among the measures are inspection fees and minimum retail prices. It also establishes that manufacturers or importers of e-cigarettes, heated tobacco and novel tobacco products should register with the Regulatory Division of the BIR national office as an excise tax payer before entering the market.
14th November 2022 - Asia, Qatar |
Qatar: In advance of the FIFA World Cup, the Ministry of Public Health has announced a campaign titled "Sport for Better Health" to ensure the enforcement of Law No. 10/2016 regarding the ban on consuming tobacco products inside the stadiums and during the tournament, saying that in stadiums a team of 80 inspectors, volunteers, and security staff will ensure the ban is enforced.

EAEU: Representatives of all five Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia attended a meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to discuss the regulation of nicotine-containing products. Members said all such products were “harmful” and that in line with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, heated tobacco products should be considered not as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) but as tobacco and “regulated as strictly as traditional tobacco products” as there was no evidence that they are any less harmful than cigarettes.

9th November 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: Caretaker minister of health Khairy Jamaluddin said today that if the National Front (Barisan Nasional) wins the upcoming general election, to be held on 19th November, and he is reappointed to the post, he will reintroduce the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022, popularly known as the Generational End Game Bill, press reports. He added that if the Alliance of Hope, currently the largest opposition group, wins the election, former health minister Dzulkefly Ahmad will also ensure that the bill is tabled. Dzulkefly was a member of the parliamentary committee reviewing the bill, which proposes a ban on the sale of tobacco products based on the potential purchaser’s birthdate. An analysis of the impact of the Malaysian elections on the sector is available in our Policy Radar.

7th November 2022 - Asia, Jordan |
Jordan: The World Health Organization (WHO)’s director of the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases Office in Jordan, Hala Bou Kardana, expressed the organisation’s concern over the high rate of tobacco use in Jordan, highlighting that e-cigarettes may be worse than regular cigarettes, since no studies have addressed their long-term effects, press reports. Furthermore, Bou Kardana urged a hike in tobacco taxes, pointing out that Jordan has one of the highest rates of tobacco usage in the world, with 66% of males over 18 smoking cigarettes and 16.5% using alternative nicotine products.
7th November 2022 - Asia, Hong Kong |
Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health has proposed to ban those who were born in or after 2009 from buying cigarettes by 2027. Similar measures are being considered in Malaysia and New Zealand. Hong Kong already prohibited heated tobacco and vapour products earlier this year.
4th November 2022 - Asia, Indonesia |
Indonesia: The government has decided to increase the excise duties for tobacco products for the next year, press reports. The increase for heated tobacco products will reportedly be 6% this year, while the increase for chewing tobacco products remains unclear. No formal decision has been reached yet, nor has any bill been proposed. Heated tobacco products are currently taxed at IDR2,710 ($0.18) per g, and chewing tobacco products are subject to a tax of IDR120 ($0.0078) per g.
3rd November 2022 - Asia, Azerbaijan |
Azerbaijan: The country plans to reduce excise tax rates on several types of tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, by 26.7% starting next year, media reports. It is not yet clear if the possible reduction would also be applicable to heated tobacco products.
2nd November 2022 - Asia, Israel |

Israel: With most votes counted after yesterday’s general election, the Likud party led by former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared set to unseat premier Yair Lapid and return Netanyahu to power. Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc, which includes the Religious Zionist Party (RZP), the conservative United Torah Judaism (UTJ), and the religious Shas party, has a more negative approach to vaping and new tobacco products than the outgoing government, as shown by the policies implemented in its previous terms of office.

2nd November 2022 - Asia, Vietnam |

Vietnam: Members of the one-party National Assembly have expressed concern about a potential pilot project for the regulation of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco, press reports. Pham Van Hoa, who sits on the Law Committee, said a pilot scheme was inappropriate before the products had been through an impact assessment.

2nd November 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |
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.
28th October 2022 - Asia, Hong Kong |
Hong Kong: Hong Kong could reverse the ban on the re-export of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products by the end of this year, as reported by South China Morning Post.
28th October 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: Today (28th October), the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry is holding a virtual public consultation on implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act, which further regulates e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. The IRR sets rules on e-cigarette and heated tobacco labelling, sale, advertising, sponsorship and purchase.
25th October 2022 - Philippines |

Philippines: The Department of Trade and Industry is to hold a virtual public consultation on Friday, 28th October, on the draft implementing rules and regulations of the Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Act. The rules cover labelling, sale, advertising, sponsorship and purchase of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.

18th October 2022 - Asia, Bahrain |
Bahrain: The Bahraini Testing and Metrology Directorate has confirmed to TobaccoIntelligence that according to the Technical Regulation of Electronic Nicotine Products it is mandatory to include a production code (batch number) on all packaging. No specific format has been envisaged and importers are free to place the batch number anywhere on the package.
18th October 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: The Bureau of Philippine Standards, an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, has included vaping and heated tobacco products in the list of consumer goods subjected to mandatory certification to ensure they conform with the Philippine National Standards. The standards ensure product consistency in the market. The certification for vaping and heated tobacco products will be mandatory from 4th January 2024.
10th October 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: Prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that Parliament will be dissolved today, paving the way for general elections, which are reportedly expected to be held in early November. The dissolution of the Parliament quashes the Ministry of Health's plans to re-table the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 in Parliament, which sought to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2007.
EAEU: In accordance with the decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission, heated tobacco products are included in the list of goods for personal use that can be imported into the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU, an economic union of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia) without payment of taxes, subject to quantity norms, namely up to 200 heated tobacco consumables. These norms apply to individuals age 21+ when entering Kazakhstan, and to those age 18+ when entering other EAEU member states. The decision comes into force tomorrow, 8th October 2022.
5th October 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |

Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Shura Council has amended the Anti-Smoking Law, raising the purchasing and distribution age for all tobacco products from 18 to 21, press reports. The amendments also stipulate that designated areas for tobacco use and vaping will also be reserved to those aged 21 and above.

5th October 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: A parliamentary special select committee (PSSC) tabled a statement in parliament today on the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022, agreeing that the proposed Generational Endgame ban on the sale of tobacco products is constitutional, and that a separate regulation for non-combustible alternatives is not required. Among proposed amendments, the PSSC has agreed to drop the provision banning the possession of vaping products. The likelihood of the bill passing remains unclear, due to reported speculation that Parliament will be dissolved soon to make way for general elections.

3rd October 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: A motion to postpone the presentation of the parliamentary special select committee (PSSC) report on the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 to 6th October has been approved today, press reports. The report on the bill, which seeks to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2007, was expected to be presented today. It is still unclear if the actual bill will be tabled in Parliament on the same day, before the expected tabling of the Budget 2023 takes place on 7th October.
29th September 2022 - Asia, India |

India: The Delhi High Court has annulled a set of notifications issued by the Delhi Commissioner of Food Safety from 2015 to 2021 banning the manufacture, storage, distribution and sale of gutka, pan masala, flavoured tobacco, kharra and similar products in the state on the grounds that the commissioner had exceeded his powers. The court said it “agrees that tobacco and nicotine are injurious to health”, but added: “It has never been the intention of the Parliament to impose an absolute ban on manufacture, sale, distribution and storage of tobacco and/or tobacco products. The intention of the Parliament is to regulate the trade and commerce of tobacco and tobacco products.”

28th September 2022 - Asia, South Korea |

South Korea: The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency today warned of an increasingly widespread use by young people of flavoured tobacco products, which it says are a gateway to smoking. The agency refers to a study showing a 12% increase between 2016 and 2022 in the use of flavoured tobacco products by smokers aged 13-39.

22nd September 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said he expects to finalise the review of the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 next week with the parliamentary special select committee in order to table it again in the upcoming parliamentary session, which starts on 3rd October, press reports. Khairy said MPs were generally in favour of the bill, which proposes a ban on tobacco products for those born on or after 1st January 2007, and that most of the issues raised during the bills first reading had been resolved by the committee.

20th September 2022 - Asia, Kazakhstan |

Kazakhstan: A small group of deputies has proposed a reduction in the excise tax rates on heated tobacco products, media reports. However, deputy economy minister Azamat Amrin and health ministry representative Gulnara Sarsenbayeva are both reportedly opposed to the proposal.

19th September 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |
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.

Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU): Following a decision by the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission, up to 200 heated tobacco consumables can be imported duty-free into the EAEU the economic union of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia for personal use. This will apply from 8th October to over-21s entering Kazakhstan and to over-18s in the other EAEU member states.

12th September 2022 - Asia, Jordan |
Jordan: Today, 12th September, the House of Representatives approved the Child Rights bill. The new law considers smoking in the presence of children, even by parents or other family members, an attack on their health and physical well-being. The law dictates fines ranging from JOD100 ($140) to JOD300 ($425) for smoking or vaping in front of children. The use of tobacco, whether it is smoked, sucked, chewed or inhaled, is considered a category of smoking according to Public Health Law No. 47/2008 and the “standards for tobacco and nicotine products, including electronic ones”.
9th September 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin said today, 9th September, that “if there are no obstacles, the parliamentary special select committee report [on the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022] will be completed by the end of this month to allow it to be tabled again in the next Parliamentary session”.
9th September 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The parliamentary special select committee (PSSC) responsible for assessing the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 that proposes a ban on the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2007 generally agreed yesterday to drop Section 17(1)(c) on the ban of possession of tobacco products for anyone born from 1st January 2007, but to retain Sections 17(1)(a) and (b), which prohibit these individuals from using said products, press reports.
5th September 2022 - Asia, Bahrain |
Bahrain: The National Bureau for Revenue announced yesterday that from 16th October all cigarettes available for sale must be marked with distinctive digital stamps as laid down by decree No. 3/2022, issued in May. From that date any cigarettes not having the digital stamp will either be destroyed or confiscated. The system is to be extended later to include other tobacco products such as heated tobacco, hookahs and e-cigarettes.
2nd September 2022 - Asia, India |
India: The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution is cracking down on advertising agencies to ensure strict compliance with the guidelines for preventing misleading advertisement, especially surrogate advertising. The ministry noticed that these guidelines are not being complied with, and prohibited goods – such as chewing tobacco and gutkha – are still being advertised through surrogate goods and services. The ministry has also reiterated that the guidelines are equally applicable to the manufacturers of chewing tobacco.
31st August 2022 - Asia, China |

China (Macau): The Macau Legislative Assembly has unanimously approved a government amendment to the New Tobacco Control Law, which prohibits the manufacture, import, export, distribution and transport of oral tobacco and heated tobacco. Until now, both wholesale and retail have been prohibited in Macau, a special administrative region.

30th August 2022 - Asia, Vietnam |

Vietnam: The Ministry of Science and Technology has issued seven National Standards on Tobacco. They apply, among other things, to filtered and unfiltered combustible cigarettes and raw tobacco. Although heated tobacco is currently banned in Vietnam, these standards might be applied or serve as a reference for the regulation of heat-not-burn (HnB) products should they ever be allowed. Members of the single-party National Assembly have recently criticised what they regard as the loose management of novel tobacco products.

29th August 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |
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.
29th August 2022 - Asia, South Korea |
South Korea: Today, the Ministry of Health and Welfare updated the requirements applicable to the health warnings that heated tobacco, oral tobacco and nicotine pouches must carry. The new requirements, which are updated every two years, will apply from 23rd December 2022 to 22nd December 2024. The notice comes with a manual with illustrations of the packaging and frequently asked questions.
17th August 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin has told reporters that the details of the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill are to be discussed this week by a bipartisan special select committee, which he will chair. Jamaluddin has already accepted recommendations by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Women, Children and Social Development, including dropping punishment for possession of tobacco products by anyone born after 2007, although their use will remain punishable. The bill has sparked heated debate among MPs and others, despite reported calls by the King of Malaysia to support it.

11th August 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is finalising the draft implementing RA 11900, further regulating vaping and heated tobacco products, media reports. The DTI, which is to set technical standards for product safety, consistency and quality, will start a consultation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and proceed with a public consultation with industry, retailers and users.

10th August 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Bureau of Internal Revenue has published the full text of Republic Act 11900, which will regulate the importation, manufacture, sale, packaging, distribution and use of novel tobacco products, including heated tobacco. The act will come into force 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two general circulation newspapers, which to the best of our knowledge has not yet happened.

9th August 2022 - Asia, Pakistan |

Pakistan: The Pakistan National Heart Association (PANAH) is urging the government to ban nicotine pouches, press reports. One of the country’s leading health bodies, PANAH, whose patron in chief is the president of Pakistan, has asked the government to withdraw the Velo brand from the market, arguing that nicotine pouches can increase blood pressure and can lead to heart disease, stroke, and oral cancer. The association also claims the British American Tobacco (BAT)-owned brand is being targeted at young people.

9th August 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |

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.

9th August 2022 - Asia, Uzbekistan |

Uzbekistan: Parliament was today due to consider the Conciliation Commission’s suggestions on a bill to restrict the distribution and consumption of alcohol and tobacco products, media reports. The Senate rejected the bill in June, calling for clarification and amendments, after it was approved by the lower house, the Legislative Chamber, at the end of 2021. The bill aims to amend current tobacco legislation to cover novel products and to ban sales to under-21s.

8th August 2022 - Asia, Saudi Arabia |

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.

2nd August 2022 - Asia, Kyrgyzstan |

Kyrgyzstan: The Ministry of Economy and Finance has put forward for public discussion a draft resolution on minimum retail prices for tobacco and nicotine-containing products, media reports. It suggests the price for a pack of heated tobacco consumables should be at least KGS110 ($1.33) in 2023, then rising gradually until 2026.

28th July 2022 - Asia, Indonesia |

Indonesia: Government officials and stakeholders met yesterday to discuss revising the tobacco framework, Government Regulation 109 of 2012, press reports. Deputy health minister of Health Dante Saksono said several ministries were working on it, although a formal initiative sent by the Ministry of Health to the president was rejected in January. The revision seeks to tighten tobacco advertising and to increase the size of pictorial health warnings on packaging.

28th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: The Bipartisan Parliamentary Committee on Health, Science and Innovation has recommended that the proposed generational ban on purchase of tobacco products should be delayed for three years, and that it should start with those born after 2008, rather than 2007, press reports. The committee wants a three-year evaluation period to assess the government’s preparedness to implement the ban and to assess the need for separate regulation of smokeless products, such as heated and oral tobacco, which it said have “harm reduction” characteristics compared to combustible tobacco.