Last updated: December 3, 2021
Sale of e-cigarettes
The sale of e-cigarettes is allowed subject to restrictions including a minimum sales age.
Use in indoor public places, workplaces, and public transport
There is no national law prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in indoor public places, workplaces, or public transport.
Advertising and promotion (excluding point of sale product display)
The law prohibits advertising and promotion including in print media, internet, radio and television. There are exceptions including trade publications, direct person-to-person communications, and retail incentive programs. Additionally, the law does not prohibit outdoor advertising or advertising via direct mail.
Point of sale product display
The law does not prohibit point of sale product display of e-cigarettes; therefore, point of sale product display is allowed.
Sale of e-cigarettes via the internet
The law does not prohibit sale of e-cigarettes via the internet.
Flavors (other than tobacco flavor)
The law does not prohibit flavors in e-cigarettes; therefore, flavors in e-cigarettes are allowed.
E-liquid may not contain the following additives: (1) vitamins or other additives that create the impression that a tobacco product has a health benefit or presents reduced health risks; (2) caffeine, taurine or other additives, or stimulant compounds that are associated with energy and vitality; or (3) additives that have coloring effects on emissions.
E-liquid must not include ingredients (except for nicotine) which pose a risk to human health in heated or unheated form.
Health warnings on product packaging
The law requires each unit packet and any container pack of an e-cigarette or refill container to include the following health warning: “This product contains nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance”. The health warning should cover 30% of front and back surfaces; appear in black Helvetica Bold type on a white background; be printed in a font size that ensures the text occupies the greatest possible proportion of the surface area reserved for it; and be placed at the center of the surface area reserved for it.
Other product packaging and labeling requirements
The law prohibits e-cigarettes or refill containers with elements or features which encourage consumption by creating an erroneous impression about characteristics, health effects, risks or emissions; suggests that a particular electronic cigarette or refill container is less harmful than other electronic cigarettes or refill containers; has vitalizing, energizing, healing, rejuvenating, natural or organic properties; or has other health or lifestyle benefits. The law also prohibits elements or features which refer to taste, smell or other additives (except flavorings) or the absence of any such thing; resemble a food or a cosmetic product; or suggests improved biodegradability or other environmental advantages. Packaging that suggests discounts or any economic advantage is prohibited.
Maximum nicotine concentration
The law prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes with nicotine levels of higher than 20mg/ml.
The law provides that the capacity of the tank of a refillable e-cigarette must not exceed two milliliters. Additionally, all e-liquid for retail sale must be in either a dedicated refill container in a volume not exceeding 10 milliliters; or a disposable e-cigarette, a single use cartridge, or a tank, in a volume not exceeding two milliliters.
The law requires e-cigarettes to be able to deliver a dose of nicotine at consistent levels under normal conditions of use. E-cigarettes and refill containers must be child-resistant, tamper-evident, and protected against breakage and leakage.
Manufacturer/importer disclosures and/or notification requirements
The law requires notification for e-cigarettes and refill containers six months before a product is placed on the market, as well as in the case of any substantial modification. Additionally, there is an annual reporting requirement for sales data and for market developments, including any evidence that their use is a gateway to nicotine addiction and ultimately traditional tobacco consumption amongst young people and non-smokers.