Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th April 2021.

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Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Administration Committee, Chair, Administration Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to bring (a) tobacco pouches and (b) nicotine pouches within the scope of the Tobacco and Related Product Regulations 2016; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Tobacco pouches are illegal under the Tobacco and Related Product Regulations 2016 (TRPR) (Regulation 17) which states that no person may produce or supply tobacco for oral use in the United Kingdom. Nicotine pouches are not regulated under the TRPR, but they are covered under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.

The Department is currently undertaking a post implementation review on the TRPR. We are exploring areas of regulation that could be strengthened and we will publish our response later this year.

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