Dutch Comment Period on Flavor Ban Closes Sept. 28

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On Sept. 28, the Dutch government’s brief public consultation period for a potential ban of flavored vaping products comes to a close.

The new rule would ban all e-liquid flavors except tobacco and is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2023. However, products already on the market by Dec. 31 can be sold until July 1, 2023.

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) and Ministry of Health have proposed a list of just 16 ingredients that would be allowed in legal tobacco-flavored e-liquids.

Numerous Dutch vaping industry advocates claim the ingredient restrictions will essentially put all e-liquid manufacturers in the Netherlands out of business.

Since the comment period is open to the public and Dutch e-cigarette advocates are asking for comments from consumers and interested supporters across the globe, even outside of the EU.

Previous efforts to ban flavored vapes in the Netherlands have failed.