In the latest in an ongoing series of quarterly briefings looking at developments in the world of tobacco, we assess the latest performance of the major multinationals, NPD/NGP updates, the reviewed economic growth projections for the world’s key markets and what to look for in the next quarter.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a step closer to a complete ban on menthol-flavoured cigarettes and cigars. The FDA is currently working on two proposed tobacco product standards that seek to prohibit menthol as a characterising flavour in cigarettes and all characterising flavours (including menthol) in cigars. E-vapour products are not expected to be targeted. Both proposals are expected to be ready by spring. After reviewing and considering comments from the public, the FDA could then proceed to issue final product standards. In addition to this, a federal appeals court ruled in March that US states and local governments can ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products to protect young people from becoming addicted.
Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin unveiled plans for a complete smoking ban for the next generation of Malaysians. The new bill, which aims to ban cigarettes for anyone born after 2005, and to regulate e-vaping products, is expected to be debated in the Malaysian Parliament in the coming months.
The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) of Sri Lanka wants to increase the legal age to purchase alcohol and tobacco from 21 to 24 years. According to NATA Chairman Samadhi Rajapaksa, medical science has established that 24 years is the proper age when the brain is fully and correctly developed. The authority wants to propose this amendment to the NATA Act No 27 of 2006 in 2022, as part of a wider range of reforms that are occurring to update the existing law and regulations. Sri Lanka would become the first country in the world to set 24 years as the legal smoking age.
Denmark unveiled in March plans to ban the sale of cigarettes and other nicotine products to people born after 2010, in order to ensure that future generations are tobacco-free. Danish health minister Magnus Heunicke stated that, if necessary, the government is ready to ban the sale of these tobacco products to this generation by progressively raising the age limit in order to avoid people born in 2010 and later taking up smoking or using nicotine-based products. According to the health ministry, about 31% of 15-to-29 year-olds are smokers.
Passport Tobacco covers the seven major tobacco categories: Cigarettes, Cigars & Cigarillos, Smoking tobacco (made up of Pipe tobacco and RYO tobacco), Smokeless Tobacco (snuff and chewing tobacco), E-Vapour Products (closed and open); Heated Tobacco; and Tobacco Free Oral Nicotine. Smoking paraphernalia such as pipes, rolling papers, lighters or matches, etc., are not included, nor are nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, which are part of Euromonitor's Passport Consumer Healthcare database.
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