Lithuania To Ban Import of Sweetened Vape by 2024

Lithuania bans vape imports

Concerned over growing youth addiction, Lithuania recently passed legislation prohibiting the import of vape liquids containing added sweeteners or sugar starting November 2024.

On December 15th, 2023, the Lithuanian parliament (Seimas) overwhelmingly voted to amend existing tobacco control laws, banning future imports of sweetened nicotine e-liquids for electronic cigarettes.

Addressing Appeal to Younger Palates

The amendment aims to curb access to flavored vape products considered overly appealing to adolescents. Sweet taste profiles like candy or dessert flavors attract underage users, facilitating nicotine addiction.

Lead sponsor MP Laima Nagien sought urgent enactment, stating:

“How much longer will we kill our children? Parents eagerly await this law.”

With 98 votes for and only 4 abstentions, parliament shared the sentiment that bold action couldn’t wait. The import ban takes effect in November 2024.

What Else Does The Law Prohibit?

Alongside sweeteners and sugar, Lithuania’s vape liquid import regulations also forbid:

  • Stimulants like caffeine or taurine
  • Additives implying health benefits
  • Coloring agents
  • Hazardous fragrances
  • Tobacco flavors

The goal involves limiting ingredients enticing youth intake. Allowing only pure base liquid aims to deter adolescents and better restrict sales to adult smokers using vapes to quit cigarettes.

Further Measures Forthcoming

While celebrating this legislation as progress, officials emphasize further regulatory efforts will follow in 2024 and beyond.

Areas like flavoring, packaging and advertising regulations remain under evaluation to determine additional restrictions warranted to protect young people.

A public consultation through early January 2024 seeks input on considerations like:

  • Nicotine levels
  • Design/labeling appeals to kids
  • Retail environment

With vaping’s growth amongst youth, lawmakers plan continued enhancement of controls to discourage adolescent adoption while supporting harm reduction for adult smokers.

Matthew Ma