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China: Central Government Bans Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors

(Sept. 19, 2018) On August 31, 2018, two Chinese central government regulators, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA, also known as China Tobacco), jointly issued a circular to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. (Guojia Shichang Jiandu Guanli Zongju, Guojia Yancao Zhuanmai Ju Guanyu Jinzhi […]

Japan: Smoking Regulations Are Getting Stricter

(Aug. 20, 2018) Japan has strengthened its tobacco regulations with an act to amend the Health Promotion Act. The amending act was promulgated on July 25, 2018. (Act No. 103 of 2002, as amended, e-Gov website (in Japanese); Act No. 78 of 2018, Kanpou website (in Japanese).)  In order to protect people who want to […]

Sweden: New Tax on Electronic Cigarettes and Other Non-Tobacco Nicotine Products Takes Effect

(July 26, 2018) On July 1, 2018, a new tax on all e-liquids and similar nicotine products, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, took effect in Sweden. (Lag om skatt på vissa nikotinhaltiga produkter, SVENSK FÖRFATTNIGNSSAMLING [SFS] 2018:696.) The new provisions subject e-nicotine products to a new targeted 25% value-added-tax (VAT). Previously, these nicotine products were […]

China: Tobacco Leaf Tax and Vessel Tonnage Tax Laws Passed

(Jan. 19, 2018) On December 27, 2017, in its last session of 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (NPC) adopted laws regulating the taxation of tobacco leaves and the taxation of vessel tonnage. (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Yanye Shui Fa (Dec. 27, 2017), NPC website; Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Chuanbo Dunshui Fa […]

Thailand: Ban on Smoking on Beaches

(Oct. 26, 2017) It was reported on October 11, 2017, that the Thai government will ban smoking on 20 of the country’s popular tourist beaches beginning in November. (Thailand Bans Smoking on Beaches, THAI LAW FORUM (Oct. 11, 2017); Smoking Ban Planned at 20 Popular Beaches, BANGKOK POST (Oct. 10, 2017).)  The maximum punishment for […]

Thailand: Revised Excise Tax Law

(Oct. 12, 2017) On September 16, 2017, a revised excise tax came into force in Thailand that increases taxes on seven products, including alcoholic beverages, playing cards, sugary drinks, and tobacco. Speculation in advance was that prices would go up substantially. For that reason, the commerce and finance ministries moved to limit hoarding of the […]

Philippines: Executive Order Prohibits Smoking in Enclosed and Public Places

(June 9, 2017) In May 2017, the President of the Philippines signed an executive order (EO) establishing that enclosed spaces and public places must be smoke-free. (EO No. 26 Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Spaces (May 16, 2017), Philippine Official Gazette website.) “Enclosed” spaces for purposes of the directive […]

Indonesia: Proposed Legislation on Tobacco Could Increase Domestic Production

(Mar. 24, 2017) The House of Representatives of Indonesia is considering a proposed law that could increase the country’s tobacco output. (Eveline Danubrata & Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Indonesia Tobacco Bill Would Fire up Output Despite Health Fears, REUTERS (Mar. 15, 2017).) The bill is listed among “priority legislation” on the legislative website. (RRU Tentang […]

Taiwan: Amendment of Long-Term Care Act

(Mar. 23, 2017) Taiwan’s Long-Term Care Services Act, which was promulgated on June 3, 2015, but is not slated to become law until June 2017, was amended effective January 28, 2017. (Long-Term Care Services Law: Amendment of Long-term Care Services Law Revises Articles 15, 22, 62 and 66, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE […]

Taiwan: Proposed Amendments to Tobacco and Alcohol Tax

(Mar. 20, 2017) The Finance Committee and the Social Welfare and Environmental Health Committees of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan (the main parliamentary body) approved a draft amendment to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act on March 13, 2017. (You Kang Yin, Taiwan: Draft Amendment to Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Law – Released, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Mar. […]