Restricting Sales

Hungary’s Parliament on Dec. 3 approved legislation limiting the sale of vapor products to the state-run network of tobacco shops.

The legislation also reduces the excise tax on e-cigarette liquid from HUF55 ($0.18) to HUF20 per mL, closer to levels in neighboring countries to reduce illegal imports.

In addition, it introduces an excise tax of HUF19,160 per kg on smokeless tobacco products and “smoking substitutes containing nicotine”┬ánext year.

The law will reduce the number of tobacco shops in the country by raising the population threshold per shop from 3,000 to 4,000.