In the latest in an ongoing series of quarterly briefings looking at major (and some minor) developments in the world of tobacco, we assess the latest performance of the major multinationals, important cannabis and 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 officially raised the minimum age to buy tobacco products, including cigarettes and vapour products, that contain nicotine from 18 to 21 years. The federal agency also prohibited e-cigarette sales to anyone under 21. The new regulation has already been enforced nationwide in retail, although major chains in the US, such as Walmart, Walgreens and Rite Aid, had already increased their minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 during the previous year. 19 states and over 500 cities and towns in the US had already raised the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21, and with the new federal law all states will have to comply.
The US Food and Drug Administration issued a policy prioritising enforcement against certain unauthorised flavoured e-cigarette products, including fruit and mint flavours, in the US in January 2020, in response to the appearance of cases of vaping-related illnesses in the country. US President Donald Trump threatened to crack down on vaping in September, but the new FDA policy only applies to e-cigarettes that use pre-filled nicotine cartridges, and excludes open vaping systems, which are manually filled with e-liquids.
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