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The Belarusian president signed Decree No. 2 to amend Decree No. 28 from 17 December 2002 and Decree No. 4 from 18 October 2007 regulating production, trade and consumption of tobacco products on 24 January 2019.The aim of the new regulation is to limit access to tobacco products and reduce the negative effects of smoking on health.The document also describes legislative regulation of production, sale and use of e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products. Such products will be subject to the legal norms in respect of production, sale and consumption of tobacco products. Only 'economic entities' of Belarus will have the right to engage in activities related to production and sale of systems for tobacco use, electronic systems and e-liquids. There will be a ban on the open display of liquids for electronic smoking systems in shop windows and other points of sale. The decree also places restrictions on the places of sale, use (consumption) of electronic smoking systems and a ban on advertising, and sale of e-liquids to minors.
Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Allowed[1, 2, 3]
As tobacco products
Yes[1, 2, 3]
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/

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

Advertising & promotion
Public advertising allowed in all Media
No[1, 2, 3]
Advertising allowed at point of sale
No[1, 2, 3]
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/

Health
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
Yes[1, 2, 3]
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/

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  • Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Belarus toughens laws against smoking, including e-cigarettes

  • The Belarusian president signed Decree No. 2 [...] regulating production, trade and consumption of tobacco products on 24 January, [...] The main goal is to consistently limit access to tobacco products, to reduce the negative effects of smoking on health of people. The document envisages legislative regulation of production, sale and use of electronic smoking systems, and also heat-not-burn tobacco products. Such systems shall be subject to the legal norms in respect of production, sale and consumption of tobacco products.