LANGUAGE
Last updated: January 13th 2020

Main Policies

Sale of e-cigarettes

Sale of e-cigarettes

Allowed
Analysis

The law allows the sale of e-cigarettes provided that they meet the same criteria as tobacco products, including packaging requirements.


Main policies

Use in indoor public places, workplaces, and public transport

Uncertain
Analysis

The law prohibits exposing others to smoke and smoking tobacco products in public places, workplaces, and public transport. The law includes e-cigarettes under the definition of “tobacco products.” However, the law defines “smoking” as holding a lit tobacco product, and the law defines “exposure to smoke” to include only smoke that comes from a lit cigarette, pipe or cigar. Therefore, it is uncertain whether the law prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in public places, workplaces, and public transport.

Advertising, promotion and sponsorship

Banned
Analysis

Because the law includes e-cigarettes under its definition of “tobacco products,” the law imposes a comprehensive ban on e-cigarette advertising, promotion, and sponsorship.

Point of sale product display

Banned
Analysis

The law bans all forms of advertising and promotion of tobacco products, which is defined to include e-cigarettes. Therefore, e-cigarette advertising and promotion, including display at the point of sale, are banned.

Health claims in advertising (modified risk claims)

Not Applicable
Analysis

Because the law includes e-cigarettes under its definition of “tobacco products,” the law imposes a comprehensive ban on e-cigarette advertising, promotion, and sponsorship. Therefore, this policy is not applicable.

Sale of e-cigarettes via the internet

Banned
Analysis

Because the law includes e-cigarettes under its definition of “tobacco products,” the law bans the sale of e-cigarettes via the internet.

Flavors

Allowed
Analysis

There is no law addressing flavors in e-cigarettes; therefore, the use of flavors in e-cigarettes is allowed.

Specified ingredients/additives

Allowed
Analysis

There is no law addressing ingredients or additives in e-cigarettes; therefore, there are no restrictions on the use of ingredients or additives in e-cigarettes.

Health warnings on product packaging

Required
Analysis

Because the law includes e-cigarettes under its definition of “tobacco products,” the law applies the tobacco health warning packaging requirements to e-cigarettes. The law requires e-cigarette health warnings cover 70% of the main front and back surfaces of product packaging. However, the procedures for implementation of packaging and labeling, including health warnings, have not yet been set by regulatory enactment.

Other product packaging and labeling requirements

Not Required
Analysis

There is no law addressing other product packaging and labeling requirements for e-cigarettes; therefore, there are no other product packaging and labeling requirements.

Maximum nicotine concentration

Not Required
Analysis

There is no law addressing nicotine concentration levels in e-cigarettes; therefore, there is no prescribed maximum nicotine concentration.

Device requirements

Not Required
Analysis

The law does not address device requirements for e-cigarettes.

Manufacturer/importer disclosures and/or notification requirements

Required
Analysis

The law requires manufacturers and importers of tobacco products, which is defined to include e-cigarettes, to make annual disclosures to the Ministry of Health on “all information relating to the quality, quantity, composition and emissions of tobacco products.”