Brazil: The National Public Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) will discuss the regulation of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco at its next meeting, on 22nd June, when it will consider information and comments received during a public consultation, which closed on 10th June. No final decision is expected yet. In its preliminary report, published in April, the agency suggested that the existing ban should be maintained.
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Kazakhstan: The organisation League of Consumers of Kazakhstan has launched an online petition against a sharp increase in excise taxes on heated tobacco. It comes in response to the recent adoption at its second reading in the Mazhilis, the lower house of parliament, of a bill to increase the tax rate to KZT 12,925 ($29) per kg from 1st January 2023, with a further gradual increase over the next ten years. The bill is now to be sent to the Senate for further procedure.
US - Michigan: House Bill 6108 has been referred to a second reading. The bill would amend state law to raise the legal age to purchase a tobacco, vapour or alternative nicotine product from 18 to 21, in accordance with federal law.
Netherlands: Market data notification on sales volumes of products in the previous year is required in the Netherlands by 15th June each year.
UK: MP Andrew Gwynne asked health secretary Sajid Javid yesterday whether tobacco lobbyists would have any influence on the government’s overdue tobacco control plan, prevention strategy or planned response to the Khan review? Javid said the government was committed to a smoke-free 2030, which was why he commissioned the independent review. “I welcome its findings and we are carefully considering them,” he said.
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.
US - federal: The Biden administration is intending to pursue a policy of reducing nicotine in cigarettes to “minimally or nonaddictive levels”, according to the Wall Street Journal. The policy could be announced as early as next week, though it would not take effect for several years due to the rule-making process.
Sweden: A report will be published on Thursday, 16th June, after the Social Affairs Committee met today to discuss a bill on Stricter rules for new nicotine products. The bill would regulate nicotine pouch ingredients, packaging, labelling, advertising, marketing and sales, and strengthen restrictions on the advertising and marketing of tobacco products. Parliament will vote on the bill on 21st June.
Canada: Health Canada has proposed new packaging restrictions for tobacco products, including rotating health-related messages and bigger health warnings for heated tobacco covering 75% of the packaging. The consultation was opened on 11th June and will last for 75 days. Stakeholders can send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org until 25th August.
Finland: The student and youth sections of the Coalition Party put a motion to the opposition party’s congress at the weekend calling for the legalisation of snus and chewing tobacco, media reports. However, the party’s programme manager, Antti Vesala, said legalising snus was practically impossible since it would conflict with EU law.
Italy: The Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM) has updated the retail prices and excise duties on heated tobacco consumables.
Philippines: The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling recognising the regulatory authority of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over tobacco products. The Philippine Tobacco Institute had argued that tobacco regulation should be in the hands of the Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco (IAC-Tobacco). The FDA and DOH are the current regulatory authorities for heated tobacco and e-cigarettes.
US - Federal: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding public listening sessions today (13th June) and Wednesday (15th June) on its proposed menthol cigarette and flavoured cigars ban. The sessions will allow individuals, communities and organisations to share their views, based on which the agency will decide if any changes should be made to the proposed rules.
UK: E-cigarette retailer VPZ has initiated a petition calling on the British government to impose an outright ban on the sale of cigarettes and smoking, and to develop a strategy to help more people switch to vaping. An identical petition has also been submitted in Scotland.
France: The results of yesterday’s first round of voting in the National Assembly elections suggest the second round on 19th June will be a close contest between the left-wing alliance led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon and president Emmanuel Macron’s Ensemble! coalition, which risks losing its present majority. During his unsuccessful presidential campaign, Mélenchon proposed getting tougher on tobacco smuggling and aiming for a “zero tobacco” youth. Neither candidate’s manifesto mentioned new nicotine products.
Uzbekistan: The Senate has rejected a bill to restrict distribution and use of alcohol and tobacco products, saying it needs to be clarified and improved, press reports. The bill, which covers all tobacco and nicotine products, including vaping and heat-not-burn (HnB) products, will be presented again at the next full session of the Senate after the lower house, the Legislative Chamber, considers the shortcomings pinpointed by senators.