Country Laws Regulating E-cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products


At least 100 countries have national laws regulating e-cigarettes including laws related to the sale (including minimum age), advertising, promotion, sponsorship, packaging (child safety packagingand health warning labeling), product regulation (nicotine volume/concentration, safety/hygiene, ingredients/flavors), reporting/notification, taxation, use (vape-free) or classification of e-cigarettes. This is available in English or Spanish.

Cigarette Pack Color: A Key Design Feature Increasing Likeability and Desire to Try the Product for Mexican City Adolescents


Cigarette packs are an important marketing tool since they are carried around with users and are on display at the point-of-sale. A mixed-methods study was conducted in two phases in Mexico City in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health (INSP). Findings from this mixed-methods study showed that pack color is a key feature to increase appeal and to communicate the addition of flavor, influencing perceptions of harm among adolescents in Mexico City. The fact sheet is available in English and Spanish.

Impact of an E-Cigarette Tax on Cigarette Use in Indonesia


On October 1, 2018, Indonesia implemented its first regulation on e-cigarettes, written as a 57% tax on the retail price of e-cigarette liquid. This would exceed the 40% average tax on conventional cigarettes. Economics suggest that if cigarettes and e-cigarettes are substitute products, raising the price of e-cigarettes could drive some people to use cigarettes instead. This would be detrimental to public health. This project used online surveys in a pre-post study design to examine how the 2018 Indonesian tax on e-cigarette liquid affected use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

Assessing Compliance with Tobacco Packaging and Labeling Regulations


Tobacco companies use tobacco packaging as a way to promote and market their products and increase sales. In the absence of effective packaging and labeling requirements, the tobacco industry produces appealing packaging that creates brand recognition with the use of eye-catching colors, designs and trademarks. Tobacco companies exploit all elements of tobacco packaging to market their products including the outer film, tear tape, inner frame, pack inserts and onserts.

Factsheets and Technical Reports: Compliance with Smoke-free and Point-of-Sale Policies across China, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan


IGTC partnered with The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) to assess compliance with smoke-free policies and point-of-sale policies across priority jurisdictions in China, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan. The factsheets and reports present key findings, along with recommendations, to strengthen compliance with smoke-free and point-of-sale policies across these four countries.

How Branding Compromises Pictorial Health Warning Labels in Mexico


Health warning labels (HWLs) can help diminish the appeal of of packaging and communicate risked from tobacco use.  In November 2018, 15 focus group discussion were conducted in Mexico City, Mexico to examine the ways in which cigarette packs appeal to adolescents and young adults and how the pack features affect perceptions of the HWLs.


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Designated Smoking Room Prevalence and Compliance in India


In 2008, India banned smoking in many public places and workplaces including healthcare settings, educational institutes, and government facilities. A provision in the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) permits Designated Smoking Rooms (DSRs) in hotels (having 30 or more rooms), and restaurants/lounges (having seating capacity for 30 or more). DSRs are required to meet specific design standards including being a separate room and having a closed door. DRS are further required to have signage indicating the room was a smoking area.

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