Are Spanish heated tobacco products subject to traditional tobacco warning standards?

According to infobae media reported on January 17, the Spanish tobacco organization announced this week that the latest royal decree does not add new health warnings to the packaging of heated tobacco products(like the heat not burn oem) because such products fall under the category of "no-burn".


The tobacco group pointed out that the new regulations distinguish between "heated tobacco products that do not burn" ( heat not burn oem)and "heated tobaco sticks that can be smoked", and only impose the same health warnings on the latter as traditional cigarettes. However, health ministry sources say the new regulations effectively treat heated cigarettes the same as traditional tobacco, requiring health warnings.


This contradictory interpretation sparked controversy within the heatstick manufacturer after the new regulations were published. Tobacco company Philip Morris said Tuesday that its heated tobacco products are " heat not burn oem" so the new regulations will not affect their packaging. However, under the changes to the new regulations, only "smoked heated cigarette products" are required to use the same health warning as cigarettes, while "non-combustion heated cigarette products" are exempt.


The aim of the new Royal Decree is to integrate the European Union's Directive 2014/40/EU into Spanish law and update the 2017 regulation on heated tobaco sticks . However, the regulation only covers heated cigarette products, not other devices such as e-cigarettes, and prohibits the addition of fragrances to accessories for heated cigarette products. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines heated cigarettes as tobacco products that are heated below 400 ° C without burning, which is different from traditional cigarettes.


The change has sparked controversy over whether heated tobacco products need the same health warning labels as conventional tobacco. This contradictory interpretation could have implications for the Spanish tobacco market and could also become a high-profile case for similar regulations internationally. The dispute continues to simmer, with different interpretations of the regulations.