Last updated: November 6, 2023
"Electronic cigarettes” means a single-use device which, with the aid of an electronic current (battery) heats a nicotine or a nicotine-free fluid in the device and forms an aerosol (vapor, smoke), inhaled by the consumer.
“Electronic nicotine delivery systems” means reusable devices which, with the aid of an electric current (battery), heat a nicotine or non-nicotine liquid (in cartridges, reservoirs or other containers) and form an aerosol (vapor, smoke), inhaled by the consumer (with the exception of medical equipment and products with a medical designation).
The definitions of “electronic cigarette” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems” are significant because e-cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery systems are regulated the same as other tobacco products.
For the purpose of this review, we will be using the term “e-cigarette” when referring to both “electronic cigarette” and "electronic nicotine delivery system."
“Tobacco product” is a product prepared in whole or in part from the tobacco leaf and (or) the other parts of the tobacco plant as raw material, prepared so that it is used for smoking, including with the use of devices for the consumption of tobacco and nicotine, as well as sucking chewing, snuffing or other modes of consumption (excluding medicines registered in accordance with the law).
Tobacco products include:
-products which contain tobacco leaves and (or) the other part of the tobacco plant as raw material. Such products may be smoking products (cardboard mouthpiece cigarettes, cigars, cigarettes, cigarillos, products with heated tobacco, tobacco for a hookah, fine cut smoking tobacco, pipe tobacco) and non-smoking products (naswar, tobacco snus, snuffing tobacco, chewing tobacco);
-products which contain nicotine or its derivatives, including nicotine salts, solutions, nicotine liquids or gels with nicotine content, but which do not contain tobacco leaves and (or) the other parts of the tobacco plant. Such products may be smoking products (nicotine liquids for electronic systems of nicotine delivery, electronic cigarettes with nicotine liquid, a nicotine-containing blend for the hookah) and non-smoking products (nicotine-containing snus); and
-products which do not contain tobacco and nicotine, but are intended for consumption with devices for the consumption of tobacco and nicotine (non-nicotine containing liquids for electronic nicotine delivery systems, electronic cigarettes with non-nicotine containing liquid, nicotine-free blends for the hookah).
The definition of "tobacco product" contained in the law aligns with the definition of “tobacco product” provided in FCTC Art. 1(f) and is more inclusive than the FCTC definition in that it also covers other types of products, such as e-cigarettes and non-tobacco containing products.