VARDEX to Stop Online Sales of E-Cigarettes in Russia
On the afternoon of May 25th, 2FIRSTS received notice from leading Russian e-cigarette e-commerce platform VARDEX that it has released a new operating statement announcing the cessation of direct online sales for all e-cigarette products starting on June 1st.
In a pinned announcement, VARDEX stated that they will no longer be selling any electronic cigarette products online starting from June 1, 2023. This decision is in accordance with the 15-FZ bill passed by the Russian Duma on April 11, 2023, which requires certain modifications to be made to federal legislation. The ban includes all e-cigarette devices and components, but excludes nicotine products that have already been prohibited.
At the same time, VARDEX stated that the electronic cigarette products reserved through their website orders are still valid and can continue to be provided to their customers.
It has been reported that VARDEX is the online distribution channel of Babylon, a leading electronic cigarette distributor in Russia.
Law No. 15-FZ seeks to prohibit the online sale and public display of electronic cigarettes. The bill was signed into law by the President of the Russian Federation on April 28 and took effect on June 1.
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