Last updated: December 9, 2022
Sale of e-cigarettes
The sale of e-cigarettes is allowed subject to several restrictions including a minimum sales age; location-based restrictions; and a ban on internet and vending machine sales.
Use in indoor public places, workplaces, and public transport
The law prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in most indoor public places, workplaces and public transport. However, use is specifically permitted in designated areas of dining facilities and public transport facilities. Therefore, the regulatory status code "Some Restrictions" is given.
Advertising and promotion (excluding point of sale product display)
The Law on Advertising prohibits most forms of advertising and promotion of e-cigarettes. However, some forms likely escape the ban, such as direct person-to-person advertising and retailer incentive programs. Therefore, the regulatory status code “Some Restrictions” is given.
Point of sale product display
The law bans point of sale product display of e-cigarettes.
Sale of e-cigarettes via the internet
The law prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes without the direct participation of a salesperson or other electronic or mechanical devices. This is interpreted as prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes via the internet.
Flavors (other than tobacco flavor)
The law does not restrict e-cigarette flavors.
The law does not restrict the use of ingredients or additives in e-cigarettes.
Health warnings on product packaging
The law does not currently require health warnings on e-cigarette product packaging.
Other product packaging and labeling requirements
The law lists information that is required on each product package, such as the legal minimum sales age. In addition, the law prohibits information that directly or indirectly misleads the consumer, including such words as "low tar content," "mild," "very mild," "smooth," "extra," "ultra" or other word combinations, including those in foreign languages, any terms, descriptions, signs, symbols, or other markings creating a false impression that specific products and/or methods of consumption are less harmful than other products and/or methods of consumption, or which elicit an association with food products (food additives), including fruits, berries, and confections.
Maximum nicotine concentration
The maximum permissible level of nicotine content in e-cigarettes is 1 mg/cm3.
The law does not specify any device requirements.
Manufacturer/importer disclosures and/or notification requirements
The law requires manufacturers and importers to annually provide reports of the results of laboratory studies on maximum nicotine levels in all e-cigarettes.
Location-based sales restrictions
The law bans the sale of e-cigarettes within buildings or on the premises of healthcare or educational organizations, physical exercise/health improvement, sports and athletic facilities and stadiums; on the premises of stores that sell goods for children; and on the grounds and within the premises of railway stations, bus terminals, airports, seaports, river ports, and metro subway stations designated for providing services related to the transportation of passengers (except for duty-free sales).
Sale of e-cigarettes via vending machines
The law bans the sale of e-cigarettes via vending machines.