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30th November 2022 - Europe, Slovenia |

Slovenia: A regulation setting out new excise duties for heated tobacco was published today for consideration by ministers. It would increase the applicable rate to €110 per kg on 1st January, then to €116 from 1st May, and €122 from 1st November 2023.

30th November 2022 - Europe, Switzerland |

Switzerland: Today, 30th November, is the last day of the consultation on the draft bill to amend the Tobacco Products Act. The amendment, which was submitted for consultation after a majority of voters backed the Children Without Tobacco referendum proposal to ban all tobacco and e-cigarette advertising accessible to children and young people. The preliminary draft is expected to be sent to Parliament for revision in the first half of 2023.

30th November 2022 - Europe, Georgia |

Georgia: The requirement for standardised plain packaging on tobacco products, which should have come into force on 31st December 2022 under the current legislation, is postponed to 31st July 2024 after Parliament approved proposed changes to the Law on Tobacco Control at their first reading.

29th November 2022 - Europe, Sweden |

Sweden: Following the impact assessment on the Tobacco Excise Directive (TED), European Commission spokesman Daniel Ferrie has said Sweden will maintain full freedom to set tax regimes and excise taxes for snus, Swedish media reports. The EU banned the sale of snus and chewing tobacco but made a permanent exception for Sweden when the country joined the EU in 1995.

29th November 2022 - Bulgaria, Europe |

Bulgaria: A bill to amend the Law on Excise and Tax Warehouses was approved at its first reading in the National Assembly. It would increase excise duties on tobacco products incrementally until 2026. Heated tobacco products would be taxed at BGN282 (€144) per kg in 2023, rising to BGN331 (€170) in 2024, BGN380 (€195) in 2025 and BGN400 (€205) in 2026.

29th November 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |

Ukraine: Bill 8237 was registered yesterday in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament), seeking to introduce an electronic excise system for tobacco products from 1st January 2026. It would replace the current excise tax stamps with electronic stamps, with a unique graphic element allowing the identification and tracking of all tobacco products.

29th November 2022 - Europe |

EU: EU negotiators hope to reach a compromise on the new Battery Regulation during a final session on 9th December, media reports. The new regulation seeks to regulate the whole life cycle of batteries, from design to disposal, repealing the current EU Batteries Directive. It would cover a wide range of industrial and portable batteries, potentially including those in heated tobacco devices. However, it will provide only a general framework, leaving details to be provided in secondary EU legislation, such as delegated and implementing acts around 32 of which are expected to complement the Battery Regulation.

28th November 2022 - Europe, Lithuania |
Lithuania: Parliament approved Bill XIIIP-3603(3) which, starting 1st January 2025, introduces the so-called tobacco products shops – points-of-sale that sell only tobacco and tobacco-related products. The bill will allow product display and advertising inside tobacco products shops, as long as the products and adverts cannot be seen from the outside. Starting 1st January 2025, all types of advertising will be banned in all other retailers.
28th November 2022 - Europe, Germany |
Germany: The federal government has introduced the Disposable Plastic Fund Bill, in which manufacturers of single-use plastic must pay an annual fee into a central fund administered by the Federal Environment Agency. The fee will depend on the quantity of single-use plastic products made available. The products affected include tobacco products containing filters with plastic, and heated tobacco devices that have single-use plastic may also be affected. If approved, the first fee will be paid in 2025.
25th November 2022 - Europe, Italy |
Italy: Local media leaked the first draft of the 2023 Budget Bill, which would slightly amend the planned increase in heated tobacco product excise duty for 2023 and the following years. Heated tobacco products would be taxed at 36.5% of the excise duty on the equivalent quantity of cigarettes in 2023, 38% in 2024, 39.5% in 2025 and 41% in 2026. The bill has not yet been introduced in Parliament.
25th November 2022 - Europe, Portugal |
Portugal: Today, the government approved the State Budget 2023 with amendments, media reports. The Budget included a proposal to increase the specific heated tobacco tax from €0.0845 to €0.0896 per g. It also stipulates that the total tax on heated tobacco cannot amount to less than €0.193 per g. The final text has not yet been released.
25th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Junior health secretary, Neil O'Brien, said that the government has asked the Committee on Toxicity of Food, Consumer Products and the Environment to review the evidence on the use of oral nicotine pouches and the assessment of risk to users. Earlier this year, the Committee issued a discussion paper and will publish a position statement once the review is complete.
25th November 2022 - Czech Republic, Europe |
Czech Republic: The State Agricultural and Food Inspection Authority has informed economic operators about Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2022/2100, which entered into force on 23rd November 2022. It seeks to prohibit the marketing of heated tobacco products with a characteristic flavour and sets labelling requirements. The authority specifies that corresponding changes to the internal Czech legislation need to be transposed by 23rd July 2023, and the effectiveness of these changes must be set for 23rd October 2023.
24th November 2022 - Europe, Lithuania |

Lithuania: Parliament has approved Bill XIVP-2036(2), strengthening the Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department (NTAKD)’s power to shut down illegal advertising and online sales of tobacco and tobacco-related products. From 1st January, the NTAKD will be authorised to order internet and network service providers to remove illegal content.

24th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Asked if and when the long-anticipated Tobacco Control Plan might be published, junior health minister Lord Markham told the Lords (Parliament’s upper house) the government was “taking stock” of whether a fresh tobacco control plan was the best way to respond to the recommendations in the Khan review. The same view was shared a few days earlier in the House of Commons by junior minister Neil O’Brien, bringing into question the future of the plan.

23rd November 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |

Ukraine: Bill 8215, which would ban the importation and transporting of tobacco products from Belarus during the period of martial law and/or state of emergency, has been registered in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament), media reports. The bill would also prohibit the importing of products whose owner or ultimate beneficiary is a legal entity registered in Russia or Belarus, or anyone on whom sanctions have been applied. If adopted, the bill will come into force the day after it is published.

23rd November 2022 - Europe |

EU: Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2022/2100, setting out a flavour ban on heated tobacco products across the EU, comes into force today, following the publication of the directive in the Official Journal on 3rd November. Member states now have until 23rd July 2023 to transpose the directive into their national legal frameworks.

22nd November 2022 - Europe, Finland |

Finland: According to the Finnish National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) and Finnish Customs, high-concentration nicotine pouches (more than 4 mg per pouch) can no longer be ordered even with a prescription from foreign online stores, but only from pharmacies in Finland, press reports.

22nd November 2022 - Europe, Slovenia |

Slovenia: Concerns over the widespread use of new tobacco and nicotine products by minors were raised yesterday during a public conference held by the National Institute of Public Health, press reports. The conference, which brought together academics and public officials, heard that novel products were as dangerous as traditional cigarettes.

22nd November 2022 - Belgium, Europe |

Belgium: The Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment has told TobaccoIntelligence that the draft 2022-2028 Strategy for a Tobacco-Free Generation will be voted on on 14th December by an interministerial conference on public health made up of federal and regional ministers. The plan sets several objectives, including reducing the price gap between different tobacco products; keeping the tobacco industry out of the preparation and implementation of public health policies; improving health promotion policies; a ban on vending machine sales; tighter restrictions on long-distance sales and advertising; and improving the make-up of tobacco products.

22nd November 2022 - Europe, Georgia |

Georgia: The parliamentary Human Rights Protection and Civil Integration Committee has discussed a proposed amendment to the Law on Tobacco Control, media reports. If it is adopted, the regulation of standardised plain packaging for tobacco products, which should come into force on 31st December 2022 under the current legislation, will be put back by two years. The proposal follows industry demands to postpone the regulation due to the war in Ukraine, which was the main manufacturer of tobacco products imported into Georgia.

21st November 2022 - Europe, France |
France: The Social Affairs Committee of the National Assembly approved an amendment to the 2023 Social Security Funding Bill that aims to introduce two tax categories for heated tobacco products and an annual tax increase until 2026. In order to encompass possible future products, one category would tax heated tobacco sticks, while the other would tax all other forms in which heated tobacco is sold.
21st November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: When asked if the government will use the data on adult smoking habits by the Office for National Statistics for the Tobacco Control Plan, a junior health secretary, Neil O'Brien, said: "Should a new Plan be published, it will be informed by the most recent Office for National Statistics information on adult smoking habits in the United Kingdom." The future of the Tobacco Control Plan will also be tackled on 23rd November in the House of Lords where Lord Faulkner of Worcester will ask when the government intends to publish it and if it is still committed to achieving the smoke-free goal by 2030.
21st November 2022 - Czech Republic, Europe |
Czech Republic: The government meeting took a positive stance on the proposed regulation of nicotine pouches, media reports. As we reported last week, the Ministry of Health presented a decree on nicotine pouches that seeks to provide regulatory details for the composition, labelling, notification and other requirements, as well as set a nicotine limit of 12 mg per pouch. If adopted in the parliament, it would enter into force in July 2023.
18th November 2022 - Europe, Russia |
Russia: At the round-table discussion in the Federation Council, the Ministry of Finance proposed to increase the excise tax on e-liquids by 94% instead of 6% next year, media reports. In addition, the ministry also reportedly proposed to raise the excise tax on heated tobacco by 33% instead of the planned 4% next year. That said, no legislative moves have been made so far.
18th November 2022 - Europe, Finland |
Finland: The government proposes to include a definition of heated tobacco products in the Tobacco Act and to ban heated tobacco flavours. The characteristic flavours of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and e-cigarette liquids were banned in 2016, and in May 2022 the Tobacco Act prohibited flavour cards and other products with which consumers can change the taste of tobacco products themselves. If adopted in the parliament, the proposed amendment should enter into force on 23rd October 2023.
17th November 2022 - Europe, Lithuania |
Lithuania: The Health Affairs Committee of the parliament is currently discussing the draft national agenda on drug, tobacco and alcohol control, prevention of drug use and drug-related harm up to 2035. The plan aims to reduce the supply of tobacco and related products through policies based on scientific studies, improving excise duties, raising awareness of the effects of smuggling on the public budget, regulating emerging products promptly, and strengthening advertising restrictions. The draft should be voted on by the parliament in the next weeks.
16th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Tower Hamlets Council in London has announced the seizure by Trading Standards officers of 8,817 g of “illicit banned smokeless tobacco” as well as 640 counterfeit and ‘Potentially dangerous’ e-cigarettes that exceeded the nicotine cap.

16th November 2022 - Europe, France |

France: A joint committee made up of seven assembly members and seven senators has failed to agree a common version of the 2023 Social Security Financing Bill after the Senate adopted a version that would introduce a specific tax category for heated tobacco amounting to €44 per 1,000 consumables plus 45.3% of the tax-inclusive retail sales price (TIRSP) in 2023, €45.50 per 1,000 plus 47.4% of TIRSP in 2024, and €46.40 per 1,000 plus 49.4% of TIRSP in 2025. The bill has now been sent back to the National Assembly for another reading.

16th November 2022 - Europe, Germany |

Germany: Following a meeting last week when members of the Bundestag discussed a smoking cessation study financed by the Federal Joint Committee, the body responsible for determining what medical care is covered by statutory health insurance, one of the study team has told TobaccoIntelligence that heated tobacco will be given to participants as a harm reduction product. The study has four stages: psychological counselling, nicotine replacement therapy, smoking cessation medication, and harm reduction products.

15th November 2022 - Bulgaria, Europe |

Bulgaria: The Ministry of Finance is drafting a bill to increase excise duties on tobacco products gradually until 2026, media reports. Heated tobacco products would be taxed at BGN282 (€144) per kg in 2023, BGN331 (€170) per kg in 2024, BGN380 (€195) per kg in 2025 and BGN400 (€205) per kg in 2026. The bill has not been introduced in the parliament yet. The previous government tried to increase the excise duties in June, before being dissolved following a no-confidence vote.

15th November 2022 - Europe, Sweden |

Sweden: Bill 2021/22:245, presented in May by the previous government, has been adopted by the Finance Committee and will be debated in Parliament in the coming weeks. The proposal aims to increase excise duty on tobacco products by 3% in 2023; however, the exact rates are not mentioned in the bill. Starting in 2024, snus would be taxed at SEK508 (€47) per kg, nicotine pouches at SEK202 (€19) per kg, and chewing tobacco at SEK560 (€52) per kg. The Swedish Tax Agency told TobaccoIntelligence that depending on the authorities’ interpretation, there are two possible rates that may apply to heated tobacco consumables, either those on cigarettes or on other tobacco products. Cigarettes would be taxed at SEK1.78 (€0.16) per stick in 2024, while other tobacco products would be taxed at SEK2,166 (€200) per kg.

15th November 2022 - Europe, Italy |

Italy: The Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM) has updated the retail prices and excise duties on heated tobacco consumables.

15th November 2022 - Europe, Lithuania |

Lithuania: Bill XIVP-2036(2) was today approved at its first reading in Parliament. The proposal aims to strengthen the Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department (NTAKD)’s power to shut down illegal advertising and online sales of tobacco and tobacco-related products. If it is passed, the NTAKD will be authorised to order internet and network service providers to remove the illegal content.

15th November 2022 - Europe, Netherlands |

Netherlands: Public health minister Maarten van Ooijen is investigating the possibility of a total ban on nicotine pouches, media reports. The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) announced in November 2021 that pouches with more than 0.035 mg of nicotine per pouch could no longer be sold because they are “harmful to health”; now pouches could be banned entirely.

14th November 2022 - Europe, Italy |
Italy: Starting 1st January 2023, nicotine pouches will have to bear a tax stamp to be introduced into the Italian market. The Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM) enacted a circular establishing the tax stamps' size and information on how to attach them to the packaging. Further details on how to request tax stamps can be found via the ADM's website.
14th November 2022 - Europe, Ireland |
Ireland: Calls have been made to raise the legal age to 21 to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes, press reports. Center-right party Fine Gael health spokesperson and Cork North Central TD (Teachta Dála, a member of the Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas – the Irish Parliament) Colm Burke has called on the government to consider this option and include it in the Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill 2019 that is currently under consideration. Burke made this proposal at an event titled "Tobacco 21: The case for raising the legal age for the sale of tobacco and e-cigarettes in Ireland" to which the Irish Heart Foundation and Council of the Irish Heart Foundation, among other medical organisations, attended. Currently, Fine Gael holds 35 seats out of 160 in the Dáil Éireann and it is part of the coalition government, alongside the center-right Fianna Fáil and the Green party.
14th November 2022 - Czech Republic, Europe |
Czech Republic: The Ministry of Health has presented a decree on nicotine pouches, media reports. It seeks to provide regulatory details for the composition, labelling, notification and other requirements, and sets a nicotine limit of 12 mg per pouch. The decree will now be assessed by the working committee of the government's Legislative Council. If adopted in the parliament, it would enter into force in July 2023.
11th November 2022 - Europe, Ukraine |
Ukraine: An MP from the Servant of the People majority parliamentary faction submitted Bill 8174 "On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine and some legislative acts of Ukraine regarding the strengthening of control measures over the circulation of excise goods", media reports. Bill 8174 seeks, among other things, to postpone the entry into force of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)-like provisions of the Ukrainian tobacco legislation adopted last December, different provisions of which should enter into force between 12 and 18 months after its publication. It means that if this bill is adopted, the period of entry into force will be calculated not from the date of the publication of TPD-like provisions, but from the day following the end of the war in Ukraine.
10th November 2022 - Estonia, Europe |

Estonia: The Board of Health, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the World Health Organization (WHO) are among bodies that have submitted comments on the Tobacco Act Amendment Bill. The WHO and the Health Board do not support the bill, saying it would weaken the current regulatory framework. The Ministry of Social Affairs welcomes the regulation of nicotine pouches but suggests a broader regulation of non-tobacco nicotine products, and like the other two bodies rejects the proposals on distance selling and point-of-sale display. The first reading of the bill is scheduled for 15th November.

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 - Europe, France |

France: The Senate has approved an amendment to the 2023 Social Security Financing Bill presented by Republican senator Catherine Procaccia which would require the government to produce a report assessing the harmfulness of heated tobacco products in comparison to other tobacco and nicotine products, as well as the implementation of taxation system based on the products’ harmfulness.

8th November 2022 - Europe, Italy |

Italy: The Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM) has updated the retail prices and excise duties on heated tobacco consumables. One new flavour of heated tobacco consumables has been notified to the agency.

8th November 2022 - Europe |

Europe: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a set of videos illustrating what it sees as the harms of heated tobacco products (HTP) and how they differ from e-cigarettes, along with some policy recommendations. It says: “The boundaries between these products are being rigorously blurred by the tobacco industry to confuse users and normalise the use of HTPs and ENDS.” The WHO also reminded regulators of its tobacco control guidance to curb the use of HTP, including recommending banning flavours that appeal to children, prohibiting use in indoor spaces where smoking is not permitted, and banning sales to minors.

4th November 2022 - Europe, France |
France: The Senate Social Affairs Committee presented an amendment that aims to restore the original version of the tobacco products tax reform in the 2023 Social Security Financing Bill, meaning only one tax category for heated tobacco products would be introduced in 2023. The Senate will start discussing the bill on Monday 7th November.
4th November 2022 - Europe, Italy |
Italy: The Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM) published the 2021 Blue Book, which shows that the revenue from heated tobacco products amounted to €791,060,000 (€385,940,000 of VAT and €405,120,000 of excise duties).
4th November 2022 - Europe |
EU: The European Commission has opened for feedback a Draft Implementing Regulation amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/574 on technical standards for the establishment and operation of a traceability system for tobacco products. The amendments seek to improve the functioning of the traceability system for tobacco products by addressing a number of exceptions and special cases that were encountered after the launch of the system, facilitating the reporting by all those involved in the trade of tobacco products and reinforcing the good practices in terms of data management and analysis. The feedback period will end on 1st December 2022. The traceability system will start applying to heated tobacco products from 20th May 2024.
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.
3rd November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Yesterday (2nd November) Steve Brine was newly elected as chair of the Health and Social Care Committee. Brine was a junior minister at the Department of Health and Social Care from 2017 to 2019. Earlier this year, Brine said that the last tobacco control plan promised to consider the “polluter pays” tax policy to raise funds for tobacco control and smoking-cessation services and pressed the health minister to fulfil this commitment.
3rd November 2022 - Europe |
EU: Commission Delegated Directive 2022/2100 amending the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) to set out a flavour ban on heated tobacco products has been published in the Official Journal today. The delegated directive will enter into force on 23rd November 2022. Member states must transpose the delegated act into their national frameworks by 23rd July 2023 at the latest, and provisions will start applying in member states from 23rd October 2023.