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Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Banned [1, 2, 3, 4]
As tobacco products
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
As medicinal products
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. Laws around sale of ecigarettes are confusing and can seem contradictory. Products can be found in stores throughout the country even though it's technically illegal to sell them

General use and availability
Legal to use
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to sell e-cigarette device
No [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to sell nicotine
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to import device - trade
No [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to import nicotine - trade
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. Laws around sale of ecigarettes are confusing and can seem contradictory. Products can be found in stores throughout the country even though it's technically illegal to sell them

Health
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
No [1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. Laws around sale of ecigarettes are confusing and can seem contradictory. Products can be found in stores throughout the country even though it's technically illegal to sell them

Products
Restrictions on nicotine content
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. Laws around sale of ecigarettes are confusing and can seem contradictory. Products can be found in stores throughout the country even though it's technically illegal to sell them

Notes on methodology & limitations

Data has been collected from a range of sources which are openly available online, such as vaping information/regulation websites & direct from country's legislation where available. In a few instances information has been included which was received from individuals specialising in the field. The regulatory picture changes frequently and these data boxes show the situation at time of going to press. This website will be updated as/when new regulatory information is received. There are gaps in the data available - readers are invited to send in updated information to the GSTHR team.

Country News

  • Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Experts underline Need for Harm Reduction at Global forum on Nicotine

  • The 6th Global Forum on Nicotine [...] stirred the conversations on development of a policy framework for the use of new nicotine products with appropriate standards and regulations. At a time when India looks at banning e-cigarettes, a viable choice for smokers all over India, experts at GFN highlighted that ‘Quit or die’ is no longer the only option for those who cannot give up nicotine.