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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 […]

Sri Lanka: Warning Labels on Cigarette Packages

(Jan. 5, 2015) In accordance with a July 11, 2014, Supreme Court order that came into effect on January 1, 2015, the leading tobacco manufacturer in Sri Lanka now must print health warnings on packs of cigarettes. (Sri Lanka to Have Graphic Package Warnings – Finally!, Framework Convention Alliance website (July 16, 2014).) The Ceylon […]

World Health Organization: Report Calls for E-Cigarettes to Be Strictly Regulated

(Oct. 15, 2014) In a report entitled Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, to be discussed at the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, scheduled for October 13-18, 2014, the WHO recommends strict regulation of electronic cigarettes. (Taylor Gillan, World Health Organization Calls for Strong Regulation of Electronic […]

France: Legislation Requiring Plain Packaging for Cigarettes to Be Developed

(Oct. 8, 2014) The French Health Minister has announced a new plan to reduce tobacco use in France by requiring that cigarettes be sold in plain packs. (Press Kit, Programme National de Réduction du Tabagisme [National Program for the Reduction of Tobacco Use], Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, and Women’s Rights (Sept. 25, 2014).) Under […]