The fluctuation of e-cigarette market can not be separated from the impact of regulatory policies. Let’s look at the changes in global e-cigarette regulatory policies.
There have been many media reports on the policy adjustment of electronic cigarette regulation in the United States, and we must have seen a lot of them. Generally speaking, the regulatory policies of the states in the United States are basically adjustments for flavored electronic cigarettes, while the vapes with tobacco flavor are not affected. At the same time, they adjusted the age of legal buyers of electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21.
The UK has always been supportive of e-cigarettes and plans to switch all traditional smokers to e-cigarettes by 2030. Recently, in Birmingham, the north of the UK, two of the largest medical institutions opened e-cigarettes sales outlets and began to sell e-cigarettes.
China regulatory standards for electronic cigarettes began to be formulated in October 2017, but have not yet been formally promulgated.
Jenny Salesa, New Zealand’s deputy health minister, said the sale of e-cigarettes would be restricted to only three flavors, including tobacco, menthol and mint.
Malaysia: Malaysia’s Vice Minister of Health, Li Wentao, recently said that he planned to draft a new tobacco law to control electronic cigarette under an independent law.
Indonesia and the Philippines have not adjusted their regulatory policies on e-cigarettes.
Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) announced on February 16, 2019 that it would lift the ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes, which includes permitting the sale of electronic cigarettes, electronic pipes, electronic water-e-liquid filling devices(hooka), and regulating the import, manufacture, sale and packaging. It will also cover PMI’s HNB device IQOS and other non-burn tobacco products.