Last updated: February 19, 2022
Sale of e-cigarettes
The sale of e-cigarettes is allowed, pursuant to the provisions of Law No. 278 and regulations issued under that law.
Use in indoor public places, workplaces, and public transport
The law prohibits smoking in all enclosed and semi-enclosed public places and workplaces and all means of public transport. “Smoking” is defined to include the use of e-cigarettes. Therefore, e-cigarette use in indoor public places, workplaces, and public transport is prohibited.
Advertising and promotion (excluding point of sale product display)
There is a ban on nearly all direct and indirect forms of advertising and promotion of tobacco and “related products.” E-cigarettes are included in the definition of “related products.”
The law permits sponsorship or charitable activities so long as the name of the economic operator, the trademark of the tobacco product, or any other reference to brand names of tobacco products, related products, devices, and accessories for their use, recharging, or heating are not visible and no other information regarding the connection of the economic operator to the event becomes advertising. As e-cigarettes are included in the definition of “related products,” these restrictions apply.
Point of sale product display
The law prohibits point of sale product display of “related products,” which is defined to include e-cigarettes, and devices and accessories for their use, recharging, or heating. The law permits only a list of e-cigarette products available for sale to be printed with black lettering on white paper to be presented by the seller upon request from an adult buyer.
Sale of e-cigarettes via the internet
The law prohibits the internet sale of related products, the definition of which specifically includes e-cigarettes.
Flavors (other than tobacco flavor)
The law does not restrict flavors in e-cigarettes.
The law prohibits the following additives from being used in e-cigarettes and refill containers: (a) vitamins and other additives that create the impression of a health benefit or low health risks; (b) caffeine, taurine and other additives and stimulating compounds which are associated with energy and vitality; (c) additives having coloring properties for emissions; and (d) additives which contribute to toxicity or addictiveness potential, or have carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic properties in unburnt form.
Health warnings on product packaging
The law requires that each unit package and any outer packaging of e-cigarettes and refill containers contain a text-only health warning on at least 30% of the two largest surfaces (i.e., front and back). The warning must state: “This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive.”
Other product packaging and labeling requirements
The law does not contain other product packaging and labeling requirements.
Maximum nicotine concentration
The nicotine content of e-liquid in e-cigarettes and refill containers must not exceed 20 mg/mL.
The volume of cartridges and tanks for disposable e-cigarettes or disposable cartridges must not exceed 2 mL. The volume of refill containers must not exceed 10 mL.
Manufacturer/importer disclosures and/or notification requirements
Manufacturers and importers are required to notify the National Public Health Agency about any related product they intend to place on the market. Notification must be made at least 90 days prior to placing the product on the market and must include: (a) detailed product description; (b) information on ingredients and emissions; (c) available studies on toxicity, addictiveness potential and attractiveness of the product, particularly regarding ingredients and emissions; and (d) available studies and market research regarding the preferences of various groups of consumers, including young people.
Commercial establishments that are smaller than 20 m^2 (e.g., kiosks) must be located at least 200 meters from educational and healthcare facilities.