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Regulatory report: Germany – HnB, snus and tobacco-free nicotine pouches, January 2022

According to the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), heated tobacco products fall under the definition of novel tobacco products, and thus require an authorisation before being placed on the market. This approval also includes the determination of whether it is a smokeless tobacco product or a smoking tobacco product.

The main legislation regarding these products is the Tobacco Products Act (TabakerzG), which came into force on 20th May 2016, bringing the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) framework into German law, including regulation of novel tobacco products.

This report provides an overview of the current regulations in place for heated tobacco, snus and tobacco-free nicotine pouches, as well as analysis about potential upcoming regulation in certain areas including tax.

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Fernanda Tucunduva

Legal analyst
Fernanda holds a masters degree in Criminology from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. She graduated in Law from de Pontifícia Universidade Católica and specialised in Criminal Corporate Law in São Paulo, Brazil. She has worked as a criminal and compliance lawyer in several law firms and also as an intern in the public sector in Brazil.

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