E-Cigarette Ban & Regulation: Global Status as of February 2020

41 COUNTRIES1 BAN SELLING OF E-CIGARETTES
The sale/distribution of e-cigarettes2 is banned in the following forty-one (41) countries:
Antigua and Barbuda*, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain**, Barbados**, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica**, Ethiopia*, Gambia, India, Iran, Japan, N. Korea, Kuwait**, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Mauritius**, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Qatar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela* 

66 COUNTRIES ALLOW SELLING OF E-CIGARETTES BUT PROVIDE SALES RESTRICTIONS/REGULATIONS
In sixty-six (66) countries that permit the sale of e-cigarettes, there are typically some regulation that govern the sale as cross-border sale restrictions/regulations, restrictions in venues where they can be sold, access restrictions, or other restrictions:
Afghanistan, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia***, Iraq,  Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica3**, Jordan, S. Korea, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland4**, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Yemen**

32 COUNTRIES REGULATE NICOTINE (and/or OTHER) CONTENT/S OF E-CIGARETTES
Of the sixty-six (66) countries allowing the sale of e-cigarettes, at least thirty-two (32) are known toregulate 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, Hungary, Iceland, 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. The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR): https://gsthr.org/
  3. Tobacco Control Laws: https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation
  4. WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (WHO EMRO) as of February 12, 2020 for all EMRO countriesInformation provided by country contacts

*Included based on information from No Fire, No Smoke: The Global State of Harm Reduction, 2018 (GSTHR)
**Conflicting information found
***Appears to be “legitimized” only by being subject to tax laws

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1 Refers to sovereign states. Territories such as Hong Kong, which is has pending legislation for banning e-cigarettes, is not included in this listing.
2 Five (5) countries specifically prohibit the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes: Australia, Costa Rica**, Japan, Mexico, Sri Lanka.
3 Importation is not allowed without permit from the health ministry, use in public places is banned.
4 A ban on sale was overturned by the courts as of Apr 2018 No information regarding appeal.

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