Review of The Week’s Hot News in The Global E-cigarette Industry

1. British Electronic Cigarette Industry Association Releases 2022 Annual Report

Recently, the UK Electronic Cigarette(Heated Tobacco Products) Industry Association (UKVIA) released its 2022 annual report. The report details developments in the UK E-cigarette industry. Please reply the keyword “UK report” in the dialog box of the E-cigarette public account to get the download link of the report.

The Director-General of UKVIA said that the E-cigarette industry is under unprecedented scrutiny and must address issues such as underage vaping, the environmental impact of disposable E-cigarettes, and the influx of illegal and counterfeit E-cigarettes. “Any one of these issues could lead to a crackdown on E-cigarettes by UK regulators, and an industry shake-up is urgent.”


 2. JUUL Labs is seeking partnerships with multinational tobacco companies

According to the “Wall Street Journal” report, the E-cigarette company JUUL Labs is currently negotiating with Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco and Altria Group to seek ways to cooperate.

On September 30 last year, Altria announced the end of its non-compete agreement with JUUL Labs. The decision leaves JUUL Labs free to sell its stake to an Altria competitor. According to relevant antitrust regulations, Altria cannot directly acquire JUUL Labs.


3. FDA bans two Vuse mint vaping products

On January 24, the FDA issued a Marketing Denial Order (MDO) for two Vuse brand mint flavored E-cigarette products sold by RJ Reynolds Vapor, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco.

The two products banned from sale include Vuse Vibe Tank Menthol 3.0% and Vuse Ciro Cartridge Menthol 1.5%. The company is not permitted to sell or distribute the products in the U.S., or they would be at risk of FDA enforcement action.


4. Philip Morris International’s three tobacco-flavored heated tobacco products pass PMTA

On January 26, the FDA authorized the marketing of three new tobacco-flavored “heated tobacco products”(heat not burn heatstick supplier) in Philip Morris International’s PMTA application. While FDA authorized the marketing of these products, that doesn’t mean the products are safe or “FDA-approved,” the FDA said.

The agency emphasized that all tobacco products are harmful, however, different tobacco products pose different health risks to users, with combustible tobacco products being the most harmful.


5. US FDA says PMTA review will continue until the end of the year

In a recent court filing, the FDA said it may take until December 31, 2023 to complete the premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) review process for some of the most popular E-cigarettes(heated tabak) on the market. The FDA has currently approved 23 tobacco-flavored vaping products or devices.

 6. Thai police seized a large number of E-cigarettes, involving 30 million baht

Recently, the Thai police held a press conference at the Muang Thong Information Technology Crime Investigation Center, saying that they had arrested a gang of three who sold E-cigarettes(tobacco heat sticks manufacturer), and seized 138,254 pieces of E-cigarettes and e-liquids, worth over 30 million baht.

It is reported that since the Criminal Investigation Headquarters of the Information Technology Crime Investigation Center launched an operation to crack down on E-cigarette sales gangs in November last year, a total of about 327,400 E-cigarettes and E-cigarette liquids were seized, worth more than 60 million baht.