Last updated: August 1st 2022

Main Policies

Sale of e-cigarettes

Sale of e-cigarettes

Banned
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Analysis

The law prohibits the trade, sale, distribution, importation and exportation of any object that resembles tobacco but is not tobacco. The retail sale of e-cigarettes is prohibited under this law. In addition to the prohibition contained in the General Law on Tobacco Control, importation and exportation of e-cigarettes are prohibited under the Law of General Taxes of Imports and Exports, and circulation and commercialization are prohibited by presidential decree.

However, numerous court decisions permitted certain retailers to sell e-cigarettes. Aside from these retailers, the ban is still in effect.


Main policies

Use in indoor public places, workplaces, and public transport

Some Restrictions
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking, consuming or having any nicotine or tobacco product in all indoor public places, workplaces, and on public transport. This is interpreted as including e-cigarettes. There may be areas designated for smoking, which shall be located only in open-air spaces in accordance with the provisions established by the Secretariat.

Advertising and promotion (excluding point of sale product display)

Banned
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Analysis

The law prohibits the display and promotion of any object that resembles tobacco but is not tobacco. The advertisement of e-cigarettes is not permitted under this law.

Point of sale product display

Not Applicable
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Analysis

The law prohibits the trade, sale, and distribution of any object that resembles tobacco but is not tobacco; therefore, this policy is not applicable.

Health claims in advertising (modified risk claims)

Not Applicable
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Analysis

The law prohibits the display and promotion of any object that resembles tobacco but is not tobacco. The advertisement of e-cigarettes is not permitted under this law; therefore, this policy is not applicable.

Sale of e-cigarettes via the internet

Not Applicable
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Analysis

The law prohibits the trade, sale, and distribution of any object that resembles tobacco but is not tobacco. The sale of e-cigarettes is not permitted under this law; therefore, this policy is not applicable. However, numerous court decisions permitted retailers to sell e-cigarettes. Aside from these retailers, the ban is still in effect.

Flavors

Not Applicable
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Analysis

The law prohibits the trade, sale, and distribution of any object that resembles tobacco but is not tobacco. The sale of e-cigarettes is not permitted under this law; therefore, this policy is not applicable. However, numerous court decisions permitted retailers to sell e-cigarettes. Aside from these retailers, the ban is still in effect.

Specified ingredients/additives

Not Applicable
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Analysis

The law prohibits the trade, sale, and distribution of any object that resembles tobacco but is not tobacco; therefore, this policy is not applicable.

Health warnings on product packaging

Not Applicable
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Analysis

The law prohibits the trade, sale, and distribution of any object that resembles tobacco but is not tobacco. The sale of e-cigarettes is not permitted under this law; therefore, this policy is not applicable. However, numerous court decisions permitted retailers to sell e-cigarettes. Aside from these retailers, the ban is still in effect.

Other product packaging and labeling requirements

Not Applicable
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Analysis

The law prohibits the trade, sale, and distribution of any object that resembles tobacco but is not tobacco. The sale of e-cigarettes is not permitted under this law; therefore, this policy is not applicable. However, numerous court decisions permitted retailers to sell e-cigarettes. Aside from these retailers, the ban is still in effect.

Maximum nicotine concentration

Not Applicable
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Analysis

The law prohibits the trade, sale, and distribution of any object that resembles tobacco but is not tobacco. The sale of e-cigarettes is not permitted under this law; therefore, this policy is not applicable. However, numerous court decisions permitted retailers to sell e-cigarettes. Aside from these retailers, the ban is still in effect.

Device requirements

Not Applicable
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Analysis

The law prohibits the trade, sale, and distribution of any object that resembles tobacco but is not tobacco; therefore, this policy is not applicable.

Manufacturer/importer disclosures and/or notification requirements

Not Applicable
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Analysis

The law prohibits the trade, sale, and distribution of any object that resembles tobacco but is not tobacco; therefore, this policy is not applicable.