New trial available: Click on any alert below and access our regulatory alerts and get timely notifications sent to your inbox for 7 days.
Switzerland: Answering a Federal Council consultation on possible e-cigarette taxation, the Swiss Tobacco Prevention Working Group has demanded that the tax should apply not only to e-cigarettes, but to all tobacco and nicotine products, based on nicotine content. They say products that are already taxed, such as heated and oral tobacco, should face an increase. The consultation is open until 31st March.
Denmark: Health minister Magnus Heunicke announced yesterday, 15th March, that the government plans to ban access to tobacco and nicotine products to anyone born in or after 2010. This is part of the new government’s health reform plan to “Make Denmark Healthier”, which aims to tackle health inequalities.
UK: Conservative MP David Jones has asked the health secretary whether there are any plans to regulate the sale of nicotine pouches and what policy implications are tied to the British Standards Institution (BSI) specification on the composition, manufacturing and testing of tobacco-free oral nicotine pouches. The department could not provide answers at this time.
Austria: Today, 15th March, is the deadline for the annual reporting of tobacco products’ ingredients and emissions by brand name and product type. The information must be provided to the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) through the EU Common Entry Gate.
EU: The EU Parliament has approved, by 584 votes to 67, a proposal to overhaul European rules on batteries, which will now have to be negotiated with member states’ national governments. Rapporteur Simona Bonafé, of the Socialists and Democrats group, said: “The Battery Regulation lays down a holistic set of rules to govern an entire product life cycle, from the design phase to end-of-life,” with the aim of introducing “new sustainability standards that should become a benchmark for the entire global battery market”. It includes an obligation to design batteries that are easily replaceable and recyclable.
Italy: The Chamber of Deputies has approved the text for the conversion into law of Decree-Law 228/2021. If the bill is also approved by the Senate, nicotine pouches, which are currently unregulated, will have to be notified to the Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM) and the Ministry of Health, taxed at €22 per kg and bear a tax stamp from 1st January 2023. The proposals do not feature any restrictions on pouches’ ingredients, packaging or advertising. A proposal to lower the excise duties on heated tobacco consumables were rejected by the chamber’s Budget Committee.
Turkmenistan: The Ministry of Health has prepared a draft national programme for 2022-2025 aiming to make Turkmenistan tobacco-free country, state media reports. The programme will reportedly provide national standards and policy for tobacco control, the establishment of special control and measures to reduce public demand for tobacco products.