E-Cigarette ban & regulation: Global Status as of June 2019

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42 COUNTRIES[1] BAN SELLING OF E-CIGARETTES

The sale/distribution of e-cigarettes[2] is banned in the following forty-two (42) countries:

Antigua and Barbuda*, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados**, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica**, Egypt*, Ethiopia*, Gambia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, N Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela*.

56 COUNTRIES ALLOW SELLING OF E-CIGARETTES BUT PROVIDE SALES RESTRICTIONS/REGULATIONS

In fifty-six (56) countries that permit the sale of e-cigarettes, there are regulations around sale such as cross-border sale restrictions/regulations, restrictions in venues where they can be sold, access restrictions, or other restrictions:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India[3], Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica[4]**, S. Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland[5]**, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vietnam.

30 COUNTRIES REGULATE NICOTINE (and/or OTHER) CONTENT/S OF

E-CIGARETTES

Of the fifty-four countries allowing the sale of e-cigarettes, at least thirty (30) countries are known to regulate the amount (concentration/volume) of nicotine in e-liquids — in the EU, the threshold concentration is 20mg/mL “AND” do not permit the use of ingredients (other than nicotine) that pose a risk to human health in heated or unheated form in nicotine-containing e-liquid (“OR” for Canada and Israel):

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom.

OTHERS: There is no reliable information available in other countries and are hence, not listed here. E-cigarettes are found/ likely permitted in many African/ Latin American countries, although in many cases, there are no specific laws allowing/ disallowing the same.

Sources:

  1. Global Tobacco Control website: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/e-cigarette/domain-classification
  2. Information provided by country contacts

 

* Included based on information from No Fire, No Smoke: The Global State of Harm Reduction, 2018 (GSTHR

**Conflicting information found

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[1] Refers to sovereign states.

[2] Five (5) countries specifically prohibit the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes: Australia, Costa Rica**, Japan, Mexico,

Sri Lanka.

[3]India is currently contemplating a ban on e-cigarettes and several of its states have initiated the same.

[4] Importation is not allowed without permit from the health ministry, use in public places is banned.

[5] A ban on sale was overturned by the courts as of Apr 2018 No information regarding appeal.