Spain to ban flavored heated tobacco products

Government to regulate the product in the same way as traditional cigarettes

A closed tobacco shop in Sant Boi de Llobregat
A closed tobacco shop in Sant Boi de Llobregat / ACN
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January 16, 2024 01:52 PM

The Spanish government has approved a decree that equates the regulation of heated tobacco products with that of traditional cigarettes, prohibiting products with flavorings.

In addition, it will now be mandatory for labels to contain warnings that these products are harmful to health.

This regulation only affects heated tobacco products and not all vaping devices. In the meantime, the ministry of health is working on regulation for these products.

Specifically, the ban will cover tobacco products with an aroma or flavor in their components (such as filters, papers, packaging, or capsules) or any other technique that allows modifying the smell or taste of the products or intensify the smoke. Filters, papers and capsules cannot contain tobacco or nicotine.

Heated tobacco products must include the following informative message on their outer packaging: 'Tobacco smoke contains more than 70 carcinogenic substances', with relevant accompanying photographs.

This decree will enter into force three months after its publication in the official state gazette (Boletín Oficial del Estado).