Last updated: February 19th 2021

Main Policies

Sale of e-cigarettes

Sale of e-cigarettes

Allowed
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Analysis

The sale of e-cigarettes is allowed subject to restrictions including a minimum sales age, restrictions on vending machines sales, and retail licenses.


Main policies

Use in indoor public places, workplaces, and public transport

Some Restrictions
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Analysis

The law prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in most, but not all, public places.

The law prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas which include “any workplace to which the public has access,” except in a workplace with an enclosed and ventilated room where there is only one worker in the room and is a place where the public normally does not have access.

The law prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in a “public service vehicle,” which is limited to transport by “motor vehicles,” and covers water transport such as ships and ferries.

Because of these exceptions, the regulatory status code “Some Restrictions” is given.

Advertising, promotion and sponsorship (excluding point of sale product display)

Some Restrictions
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Analysis

The law prohibits most direct and indirect forms of e-cigarette advertising and promotion, including advertising at point of sale. However, other forms are restricted but not prohibited, including international TV, radio, and print media.

The Tobacco Control Decree 2010 prohibits individuals from promoting or publicizing e-cigarette products, trademarks, and company names in exchange for sponsorship or reward. However, the law does not appear to prohibit the financial or other sponsorship itself, meaning that e-cigarette companies are free to donate money or other sponsorship to events, activities, individuals/groups, organizations, or governments, including so called “corporate social responsibility," so long as it is not in exchange for promotion or publicity of an e-cigarette product or company.

Point of sale product display

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not address point of sale product display of e-cigarettes; therefore, point of sale product display is allowed.

Health claims in advertising (modified risk claims)

Allowed
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Analysis

Although the law prohibits most direct and indirect forms of e-cigarette advertising and promotion, other forms are restricted but not prohibited. The law does not address the use of health claims in permitted forms of advertising.

Sale of e-cigarettes via the internet

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not address the sale of e-cigarettes through the internet; therefore, the sale of e-cigarettes through the internet is allowed.

Flavors

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not address flavors in e-cigarettes; therefore, the use of flavors in e-cigarettes is allowed.

Specified ingredients/additives

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not address 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

Not Required
Analysis

The law does not address health warnings on e-cigarette product packaging; therefore, health warnings on e-cigarette packaging are not required.

Other product packaging and labeling requirements

Not Required
Analysis

The law does not address other product packaging and labeling requirements.

Maximum nicotine concentration

Not Required
Analysis

The law does not address 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

Not Required
Analysis

The law does not address manufacturer/importer disclosure and/or notification requirements; therefore, no manufacturer/importer disclosure and/or notification is required.

Registration of retailers

Required
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Analysis

The law requires that retail traders in e-cigarettes register in order to sell e-cigarette products.

Sale of e-cigarettes via vending machines

Banned
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