Honest Mark System Provides Protection for Underage Vaping

Honest Mark System Provides Protection for Underage Vaping
The Honest Mark labeling system will detect the sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids to minors starting from December 5.

On December 5th, regulatory agencies will be able to detect the sale of electronic cigarettes and liquids to minors thanks to the Honest Mark label system. Yan Vitrov, the label operator at the Department of Taxable Goods and the Senior Technical Development Center (CRPT), announced this news to TASS agency.

We all know that disposable e-cigarettes and nicotine-containing liquids are attractive to young people. When parents find these products on their children, they can scan the label code and contact regulatory authorities through the application. Law enforcement officers will see the stored products that have been sold and will be able to take action against the point of sale. In other words, labeling protects our younger generation," Vitrov explained.

He emphasized that the "integrity mark" system will begin to label their electronic cigarettes and e-liquids from December 15. All equipment and supplies needed for the industry can be purchased on the Russian market. "We are actively working with all participants, both those who have participated in the experiment and those who have not. We see that the industry is ready for the climax. Manufacturers and importers are ready to label, and in the retail market, there is significant overlap with other labeled products, so retailers are also ready to start labeling," Vitrov said.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order on November 30th mandating the labeling of e-cigarettes and disposable vapor devices from December 15th, 2022. The labels will apply to liquids used in nicotine delivery systems, including those that do not contain nicotine, pods, capsules, and disposable e-cigarettes. Originally, a pilot program for the labeling of these products was slated for completion by February 28th, 2023, but merchants requested an expedited implementation to mitigate the illicit trade of these goods. According to estimates from the Higher School of Economics, illegal trade accounts for over 90% of these products, resulting in an annual loss of approximately 65 billion rubles for the Russian federal budget.

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