Lithuania mulls legalizing nicotine pouches

  • 2020-11-17
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS- Lithuania's Ministry of Economy and Innovation is setting a working group to evaluate possibilities for trade in nicotine pouches in the country to avoid its illegal selling.

Evelina Butkute-Lazdauskiene, an adviser to the economy minister, says these tobacco-free products are entering Lithuanian vie foreign e-shops and are being sold illegally in the country.

"Illegally as they are not included into our regulation system, and shadow trading is ongoing. Since they are completely new nicotine products, single-use pouches that, once placed under the lip inside the mouth, release nicotine into the system, the market of these products is non-regulated, and sellers import such products from other countries, for example, Sweden," Butkute-Lazdauskiene told BNS.

In her words, producers and sellers of nicotine pouches want themselves for this market to be regulated to avoid smuggling, and the state could also receive additional budget revenue from excises.