Vietnam’s trade ministry spokesman Tran Thanh Trung told a media seminar that Vietnamese ministries are meeting in order to finalize the regulation of new tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, which will replace the existing Law No. 67/2013.
On July 4, Vietnam’s Ministry of Trade Spokesman Tran Thanh Trung reported at a media seminar that Vietnamese ministries are meeting in order to finalize a draft law regulating new tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, according to the Vietnam Law newspaper. This law will replace the existing Law No. 67/2013.
Tran Thanh Trung acknowledged that Vietnam currently has no new tobacco product (TCM) management policy, so such products are not allowed to circulate.
He said, “Most of these products are imported into our country through hand-carrying, smuggling, etc., and all commercial and advertising activities are spontaneous, violating the law.
It is easy to obtain new tobacco products because there are no management measures or sanctions on them. The Vietnamese government cannot impose taxes and consumers who want to use them can only buy products from unknown sources. These products, which are not monitored for quality, affect their health.
The Vietnamese government is still assessing the feasibility of the decree, Tran Thanh Trung said.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Health held two official meetings in 2022 and 2023, where they decided to introduce a new law to replace the existing Law No. 67/2013, which would include a new tobacco management policy. Tran Thanh Trung said that although the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Health still have some problems with many things, they are trying to reach a consensus on the new tobacco law.
To submit it to the Government, the Ministry of Industry and Trade is working on a management plan that is closest to the Ministry of Health’s opinion.
At the seminar, Vietnam Tobacco Association (VTA) Nguyen Chi Nhan, Head of the Legal Department (NguyenChiNhan) The government should quickly come up with a management policy suitable for the tobacco industry.
Although the market for new tobacco products is still in its infancy, the delay in issuing the decree will make the market more difficult with the rapid growth in recent years.