Ban on e-cigarette flavors
State Secretary Blokhuis wants to ban the various flavors for the e-cigarette, and only allow tobacco flavors. These include flavors such as fruit, coffee, cola and vanilla. By banning those variants, e-cigarettes should be less attractive to young people. The State Secretary writes this in a letter to the House of Representatives.
Tobacco flavors remain available, so that smokers can use the e-cigarette to quit smoking.
Excise duty on e-cigarettes
Restricting e-cigarette sales is part of the new European Union policy, and discussions have been underway for some time. Dutch efforts in the further review process are aimed, among other things, at the ultimate excise duty on e-cigarettes and related articles such as e-liquid and other refills. This also applies to products that do not contain nicotine.
Blokhuis is also in the process of amending the Tobacco and Tobacco Act that regulates tobacco heating devices such as Philip Morris's IQOS.
The ban will not take effect immediately, as legislation has yet to be made. A ministry spokesperson explained that they are aiming for the spring of 2021.