Last updated: January 22, 2021
Sale of e-cigarettes
The retail sales of e-cigarettes are allowed subject to restrictions including notification, registration, and licensing requirements; location-based sales restrictions; and a minimum sales age.
Use in indoor public places, workplaces, and public transport
The use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in hospitals, health centers, schools, cinemas, theaters, public libraries, museums, governmental and non-governmental public premises, means of transportation, arrivals and departures halls at airports, enclosed stadiums, lecture-halls and any other place deemed by the Minister as public. The law fails to list all indoor public places and workplaces, so the use of e-cigarettes is restricted or completely unrestricted in some places. Further, the law authorizes the Minister of Health to allow designated areas for the use of e-cigarettes in public places. The Ministry of Health has allowed a phase-in of the ban in restaurants. The current policy is that 50 percent of seats must be reserved for non-smokers.
Advertising and promotion (excluding point of sale product display)
The law bans advertising and promotion of e-cigarette devices and e-liquids in any public place, and FDA authorization is required for any display inside the sales location. Advertising is prohibited including on the internet and social media sites.
Point of sale product display
Point of sale product display is permitted subject to the following restrictions:
- A copy of the approvals issued by the JDFA for the products displayed in the sales locations must be available;
- A license for display, sale, or storage issued by the JDFA must be posted in a visible location;
- Products must be placed at the designated sales locations authorized by the JDFA in display units only and must not displayed on the building’s façade; and
- Display units must be positioned in locations away from direct sunlight and sources of heat or contamination, and within storage containers specified for these products.
Health claims in advertising (modified risk claims)
The law specifically prohibits any false impressions of the products’ characteristics, health effects, risks, or emissions through claiming:
- that they have vital, active, curative, revitalizing, natural, or organic characteristics;
- that they have other health or lifestyle benefits;
- not indicating the taste, smell, or other added substances (except for flavorings);
- that they are like food;
- that they are less harmful to the environment; or
- that they cause little harm/are less harmful.
Sale of e-cigarettes via the internet
The law prohibits delivery of e-cigarettes or e-liquid products to individuals under penalty of legal liability.
Flavors (other than tobacco flavor)
The law requires that any flavoring materials used in the final product must be food grade and/or their use must be permitted in inhalation devices and mentioned in Jordan Technical Regulation No. 94 and its amendments. However, as of the time of this review, the contents of Jordan Technical Regulation No. 94 were unknown. Therefore, because it is unknown whether the regulation restricts flavorings, the regulatory status code "Uncertain" is given.
The law prohibits a number of additives in e-liquids:
- Vitamins or other additives that give the impression that the product has a health benefit or reduces health risks
- Caffeine, taurine, or other additives and stimulants
- Additives with emission-coloring properties
- Carcinogens producing toxins before and after use of the products
- Controlled substances, such as narcotics, hallucinogens and tranquilizers
- Residues of heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium, nickel, iron, arsenic and tin
- Multipolar hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrosamines of tobacco (e.g., NNK and NNN)
-Acrylonitrile, crotonaldehyde, benzene, butadiene, isoprene and toluene
Health warnings on product packaging
The law requires health warnings on product packaging reading “Contains nicotine. Nicotine causes severe addictions, increased heart rate and blood pressure. Nicotine is harmful to pregnant and nursing women and people suffering from asthma.”
Warnings must cover 30% of the main surface; be irremovable; be applied directly to the packaging; and not be partially or totally hidden or permanently covered by tax stamps, price marks, security features, and wrappers.
Other product packaging and labeling requirements
The law prohibits any descriptive card or data, names, forms, or symbols, or any unapproved suggestive slogans on the inside or outside of the package that may lead to a false, misleading, or promotional impression regarding its characteristics.
Maximum nicotine concentration
The law prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes with nicotine levels of higher than 20 mg/ml.
The law prohibits e-cigarettes from having a tank capacity of over 2 ml, and refill capacity must not be greater than 60 ml. Additionally, e-liquid containers must be of food grade; not be easily susceptible to breakage or damage; and ensure that the e-liquid will not enter the mouth during inhalation.
Manufacturer/importer disclosures and/or notification requirements
There are a number of notification requirements for both devices and for e-liquids.
E-cigarettes cannot be sold within 500 meters of education or healthcare facilities.
Sale of e-cigarettes via vending machines
The law prohibits vending machine sales.
Specific retail license
The law requires a retail license for the sale of e-cigarettes.