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Mexico: Ban on Importing Electronic Cigarettes Receives World Health Organization Award

(June 29, 2020) On May 22, 2020, the Pan American Health Organization (the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO)) announced that the Mexican government had won an award in recognition of the ban on the importation of electronic cigarettes that it enacted in February 2020. The World No-Tobacco Day (WNTD) […]

Australia: WTO Appellate Body Rejects Appeal Regarding Plain Packaging of Tobacco

(June 18, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body issued its reports on cases brought by Honduras and the Dominican Republic against Australia’s tobacco plain packaging requirements. (Australia — Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging (DS435 and DS441).) The […]

Philippines: President Issues Executive Order Regulating Electronic Cigarettes, Vaping

(Mar. 27, 2020) On February 26, 2020, the president of the Philippines issued an executive order (EO) regulating the commercialization and use of electronic cigarettes. Background The EO states in its preamble that in 2016, the World Health Organization issued a report explaining that Electronic Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS/ENNDS) emit aerosol that commonly includes […]

Mexico: Importation of Electronic Cigarettes Banned

(Mar. 19, 2020) On February 19, 2020, Mexico’s president issued an executive order (EO) banning the importation of electronic cigarettes, which have been brought into Mexico from abroad in large quantities. The preamble of the EO explains that it was issued in accordance with article 131 of the Mexican Constitution, which provides that the president […]

New Zealand: Bill to Regulate Vaping Introduced

(Mar. 12, 2020) On February 24, 2020, the New Zealand government introduced the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill into the Parliament. The government minister responsible for the Bill, Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa, stated that it “aims to strike the right balance between making sure vaping is available for smokers who want […]

Sweden: Consumer Ombudsman Sues E-cigarette Vendor over Illegally Advertising Online

(Feb. 27, 2020) On February 24, 2020, the Swedish Consumer Ombudsman (Konsumentombudsmannen (KO)) sued an online e-cigarette vendor for illegally advertising e-cigarettes in violation of the Act on Tobacco and Similar Products. (Lag (2008:2088) om tobak och liknande produkter.)  The KO monitors compliance with marketing rules and may sue companies on behalf of Swedish consumers […]

Finland: Parliamentary Ombudsman Tells Ministry of Justice to Clarify Regulations Limiting Inmates’ Opportunities to Smoke

(Feb. 4, 2020) On October 30, 2019, Finland’s Deputy Ombudsman issued Decision 5349/2019, in which it criticized the smoking prohibition provision of the Finnish Prison Act as ambiguous and called for its review. In 2015, the Finnish Parliament passed legislation allowing for (but not requiring) prohibitions on smoking (including e-cigarettes) in residential quarters at Finnish […]

China: Government Tightens Regulation of E-Cigarettes

(Dec. 27, 2019) On October 30, 2019, China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA, also known as China Tobacco) and the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) jointly issued the Circular on Further Protecting Minors from the Harm of E-cigarettes, which urges the industry to stop selling and advertising e-cigarettes online to prevent minors from obtaining […]

Turkey: Nationwide Police Operation Conducted to Enforce Ban Against Smoking While Driving

(Oct. 10, 2019) As a result of a simultaneous, country-wide police operation aimed at enforcing a ban on smoking while driving in Turkey, more than 5,000 tickets were issued on September 25, 2019, to drivers smoking cigarettes in their private vehicles. The ban, which was added to the Law on the Prevention and Control of […]

Sweden: New Rules on Smoking in Public Places and Sale of Tobacco Enter into Force

(Sept. 25, 2019) On July 1, 2019, the Act on Tobacco and Similar Products, which expands prohibitions on smoking in public places and on the sale of tobacco, entered into force in Sweden. (Lag om tobak och liknande produkter [Act on Tobacco and Similar Products] (SFS 2018:2088); Förordning om tobak och liknande produkter [Regulation on […]