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Regulatory report: Venezuela, December 2021

There is no comprehensive legal framework on tobacco products in Venezuela, but several resolutions regulate different aspects concerning the sale of tobacco products. Neither heat-not-burn (HnB) nor oral tobacco products are expressly regulated, but are subject to the general tobacco resolutions. Pouches are classified as a consumer product.

Any form of advertising of tobacco products is banned. Retailers of tobacco products need to obtain a general Economic Activities Licence issued by the competent authority. The sale of cigarettes or other tobacco products through vending machines is banned.

All tobacco products are subject to a tax of 70% of their wholesale price. Nicotine pouches are not subject to this tax.

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Laura Garay Gómez

Legal analyst
Laura holds a Master’s degree in Public Law from the University of Seville, Spain, where she mainly specialised in International Law and Administrative Law and a Master's degree in Law and Legal Practice from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She has also studied International and European Law at the University of Helsinki, Finland, under the Erasmus Programme. She has worked as an intern at the ACO Office of Legal Affairs for NATO in Mons, Belgium; as international entity management coordinator for a multinational in Warsaw, Poland; and as legal assistant in a law firm in Seville. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Roman law in modern European legal history at the University of Seville.

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