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Italy: Implementation of European Legislation on Tobacco Products

(Feb. 2, 2016) On January 12, 2016, Italy issued legislation implementing a European directive on the sale of tobacco and tobacco products; the new legislation will enter into effect on February 2, 2016. (Legislative Decree No. 6 of January 12, 2016, Implementing Directive 2014/40/EU (D.L. No. 6), GAZETTA UFFICIALE [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] No. 13 (Jan. 18, […]

Vietnam: Heavier Fines for Illegal E-Commerce Activities

(Dec. 14, 2015) A new decree issued by Vietnam’s government on November 19, 2015, amends several articles of a 2013 decree that imposes penalties for administrative violations in connection with commercial activities, the manufacture of and trading in counterfeit or banned goods, and the protection of consumers’ interests.  The new decree punishes various acts that […]

Germany: Parliament Debates E-Cigarettes Prohibition for Minors

(Dec. 9, 2015) On December 4, 2015, the German Bundestag (parliament) debated a draft act that would prohibit the sale to and consumption of electronic cigarettes and electronic shishas by children and adolescents under 18 years of age.  (Entwurf eines Gesetzes zum Schutz von Kindern und Jugendlichen vor den Gefahren des Konsums von elektronischen Zigaretten […]

Indonesia: Planned E-Cigarette Ban Controversial

(Aug. 19, 2015) Indonesia’s Trade Minister, Rachmat Gobel, announced on May 18, 2015, that the government planned to ban sales of electronic cigarettes due to concern about the health impact of smoking such products, also known as vaping. (Linda Yulisman, RI Bans E-Cigarettes on Health Concerns, JAKARTA POST (May 19, 2015).) According to the head […]

Italy: E-Cigarette Taxation Regime

(Aug. 10, 2015) On May 15, 2015, the Constitutional Court of Italy published a decision that invalidated a legal provision on the taxation of e-cigarettes. (Corte Costituzionale, Sentenza No. 83/2015 (Apr. 15, 2015), Constitutional Court website (in Italian).) The Court invalidated article 11(22) of Decree-Law No. 76, First Emergency Measures on the Promotion of Employment, […]

Serbia: E-Cigarette Taxation Introduced

(Aug. 3, 2015) On August 1, 2015, the Law on Amendments and Additions to the Excise Act of the Republic of Serbia of June 26, 2015, entered into force (SLUZBENI GLASNIK RS [official gazette], No. 55/2015, National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia website (in Serbian)). The Law introduces an excise tax to be paid […]

Thailand: Proposed Law to Place Restrictions on Tobacco Sales

(May 28, 2015) On May 26, 2015, Thailand’s Cabinet approved a draft law on tobacco control; the legislation was first sent to the Cabinet by the Ministry of Public Health in December 2014. The provisions include raising the minimum age for the purchase of cigarettes from 18 to 20 and banning the sale of individual […]

Taiwan: Fines for Cigarette Littering to Be Increased in Taipei

(Apr. 9, 2015) The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of the Taipei City government announced on April 4, 2015, that in order to reduce acts of littering with cigarette butts, it would raise the fines for repeat offenders. The department also plans to coordinate with the Taipei Department of Health, the Urban Development Department, and […]

Denmark: Ban on E-Cigarettes for Minors Considered

(Mar. 9, 2015) The Danish Parliament is now considering a proposal to tighten regulations on the purchase of electronic cigarettes and vape pens. Under the legislation being considered, Denmark would outlaw the sale of these products to children under the age of 18. According to Nick Haekkerup, the Minister of Health, such devices act as […]

South Korea: Tobacco Tax Hike

(Feb. 3, 2015) The price of a typical 20-count pack of cigarettes in Korea went up from KRW2,500 to KRW4,500 (about US$2.30 to $4.15) on January 1, 2015. (Joo-won Chung, Tobacco Price Hike Begets Fresh Uncertainties, KOREA HERALD (Jan. 27, 2015).) “The increase of 2,000 won includes hikes in the tobacco consumption tax, local education […]