The federal government of Slovenia has proposed prohibition of vaping products in flavors apart from tobacco and menthol, sending an modification of the nation’s tobacco management legislation to the Nationwide Meeting for approval. Passage of the legislation would make Slovenia the eighth European nation (and seventh European Union member) with such a legislation.
The restriction would apply to each nicotine-containing and nicotine-free vaping merchandise. The proposed Slovenian legislation would additionally ban all non-tobacco flavors in heated tobacco merchandise (HTPs), together with menthol.
Some information retailers have reported that the flavour restrictions have already handed, however that seems to be incorrect. The modification should be voted on by the Nationwide Meeting. If it positive factors parliamentary approval, it could develop into legislation 15 days after publication within the nationwide gazette.
There are about 26,200 vapers in Slovenia, in keeping with Data-Motion-Change’s International State of Tobacco Hurt Discount report, with an grownup vaping prevalence of 1.48 %. Greater than 400,000 Slovenians smoke cigarettes—22.7 % of the grownup inhabitants—about 15 occasions as many as those that vape.
Slovenia additionally has a vape tax, amassing €0.18 per milliliter on e-liquid—about €10.80 for a 60 mL bottle.
Amongst European international locations, six—Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, and Ukraine—have working vape taste bans in place. The Netherlands handed a taste ban, which was scheduled to take effect in July 2023, however it’s nonetheless not totally carried out. All of the international locations which have prohibited non-tobacco flavors are European Union members, besides Ukraine. No European nation has handed an outright vape ban.
The Republic of Slovenia is a mountainous nation of about 2.1 million folks, bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, and has a small shoreline on the Adriatic Sea. It declared independence from the previous Yugoslavia, and has been a sovereign state since 1991. Slovenia joined the European Union in 2004.