Navigating the New Tobacco Law in Serbia: What You Need to Know

STATT Tobacco Serbia Regulation Legislation

The legal landscape surrounding tobacco products in Serbia has undergone significant changes with the recent amendments to the Tobacco Law, effective from November 4, 2023. AK Statt, a leading legal services provider, offers an insightful analysis of these changes and their implications for consumers, businesses, and public health. This comprehensive overview will explore the key aspects of the new law, particularly focusing on the regulation of e-cigarettes and related products.

1. Expanded Legal Framework for Non-Tobacco Products

The amended Tobacco Law establishes a legal framework for the regulated production and sale of products that don’t contain tobacco but resemble tobacco products in other criteria. This move aims to protect minors and public health, align with the legal traditions of the European Union, particularly Directive 2014/40/EU, and create a predictable business environment.

2. Key Changes and Solutions

  • Clarification of existing tobacco product definitions and introduction of new definitions for related products and devices.
  • Introduction of new registries for manufacturers and importers of related products, expanding the scope of retailers.
  • Limits on package sizes and nicotine content in related products.
  • Expanded prohibitions related to the sale of tobacco and related products.

3. Special Regulations for E-cigarettes

The new law particularly addresses the burgeoning category of e-cigarettes, including disposable and refillable vape pens, e-liquids, herbal smoking products, nicotine pouches, and hookah products. It aims to improve public health by reducing smoking’s harmful effects and strengthening tobacco control.

4. Implementation and Transition

Businesses have until January 1, 2025, to adapt to the new regulations, after which stricter limits on nicotine content and product volumes will be enforced.

5. New Prohibitions and Controls

  • Explicit prohibition of sales to minors.
  • Bans on remote communication sales, self-service at retail points, and specific product sales in pharmacies and medical stores.
  • Online sales of certain related products are banned after November 4, 2023.

6. Product Labeling and Health Warnings

The law mandates specific labeling and positioning of health warnings on tobacco and related products, aligning with EU Directive 2014/40/EU.

7. Taxation and License Fees

New fees for manufacturers and importers of related products and annual taxes for retailers carrying these products have been introduced. This could lead to increased prices for cigarettes and related products.

And so…

The amendments to the Serbian Tobacco Law represent a significant shift in the regulation of tobacco and related products. It is crucial for all stakeholders, including manufacturers, importers, retailers, and consumers, to understand these changes and prepare for the transition. AK Statt remains committed to providing expert legal advice and support to navigate these new regulations effectively.

For more detailed information and legal assistance, please contact AK Statt’s expert legal team.

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