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UK: Junior health minister Neil O’Brien has told Parliament that the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) is still reviewing the evidence on nicotine pouches and assessing their risk to users. A final position statement will be published once the review is complete, which is expected in early 2023.
US - Connecticut: Senate Bill 40 has been introduced, which would ban smoking and vaping at state beaches and parks and allow municipalities to place restrictions on smoking and vaping at municipal parks and other outdoor venues.
US - federal: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Youth Cigarette Prevention Campaign “The Real Cost” launched two new ads this week, focusing for the first time on “the negative mental health effects of cigarette smoking and withdrawal”. One video, titled Auctioneer, highlights the fact that cigarette withdrawal can lead to anxiety; the other, Said Every Smoker Ever, promotes the message that “three out of four teenage smokers stay smokers” into adulthood.
Ukraine: The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy supported Bill 8286 on the introduction of an electronic excise stamp for tobacco products and e-liquids, media reports. If adopted, the bill – considered necessary to ensure the traceability of such products – will apply from 1st January 2024. The committee also backs the related Bill 8287 on corresponding amendments to the Tax Code and other laws.
US - Ohio: Following governor Mike DeWine’s veto of a state bill that would have prohibited local governments from enacting laws to prevent the sale of flavoured tobacco products, a council member in Cincinnati is considering introducing a flavour ban, due to her concern about flavoured products being marketed to youth. “I think that that’s just wrong,” council member Victoria Parks said. “You know, causing addiction and death.” Cincinnati is a city with a population of around 300,000.
Latvia: The excise tax rate on both heated tobacco and nicotine pouches increased on 1st January to €218 per kg.
Armenia: The excise tax on heated tobacco has increased to AMD3,100 ($7.95) per 1,000 consumables from 1st January.
Kazakhstan: The tax rate for heated tobacco consumables has changed from 1st January to KZT9,870 ($21.45) per 1,000.
Kyrgyzstan: The tax rate for heated tobacco consumables has increased from 1st January to KGS2,000 ($23.35) per 1,000.
Russia: Tax on heated tobacco devices has increased from 1st January to RUB64 (€0.86) each, and on heat-not-burn (HnB) consumables to RUB7,839 (€105) per kg of tobacco.
Indonesia: A new excise duty on heated tobacco products now applies, as of 1st January, at IDR2,886 ($0.19) per g of tobacco.
Ukraine: The tax rate for heated tobacco consumables has risen to UAH2,097.12 (€53) per 1,000 as of 1st January.
Montenegro: The tax rate for heated tobacco increased on 1st January to €145 per kg.
Czech Republic: The excise tax rate for heated tobacco products has increased to CZK3,000 (€125) per kg from 1st January.
Belarus: Under a December 2022 amendment to the Tax Law, heated tobacco consumables will be taxed until 31st March at BYN226.68 (€84) per kg; then from 1st April to 30th June at BYN261.92 (€97) per kg; from 1st July to 30th September at BYN297.20 (€110.10) per kg; and from 1st October to 31st December at BYN332.44 (€123.15) per kg. Nicotine pouches are now taxed at BYN92.11 (€34) per kg. The law also introduced a BYN2.72 (€1) tax on heated tobacco devices.
Slovenia: The new excise duty now in force, until 30th April, for heated tobacco products is €110 per kg.
Hungary: From 1st January, the new excise duty on chewing tobacco and nicotine pouches is HUF25,960 (€65.30) per kg.
Jordan: Representative Talal El-Nesour has called on a parliamentary session to increase the taxes on tobacco to finance costly gas and fuel bills, local press reports. It’s worth noting that Jordan levies an excise tax on heated tobacco and e-cigarettes at a rate of 200%.