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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 buy device online (personal use)
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to buy nicotine online (personal use)
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to import device - trade
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to import nicotine - trade
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/

Health
Minimum age restrictions on sales
Yes 18+[1, 2, 3]
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/

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

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • A tale of two Juul pods: China’s counterfeits pose a threat to US

  • All anyone needs to know about the trade talks between the US and China is contained in the two boxes of Juul pods that I have in front of me. Juul, in case you don’t know, is one of those electronic cigarette brands that is made by an American company. The “pods” are the size of a top of a computer thumb drive. The pods plug into the smoking device — the electronic “cigarette” — and deliver the flavor and nicotine to the smoker.
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • KAC urges rethink on vaping ban

  • With China home to the world’s largest tobacco industry, several of the world’s leading e-cigarette manufacturers and with over 300 million smokers breathing down its neck, it is possible that the decision of the Hong Kong government to institute a near blanket ban on safer nicotine products is at least partly an attempt to embarrass their lord and master. Under the new law, it will still be legal to use the products, though doing so in a non-smoking area will be subject to a fixed penalty of HK$1,500 or a court-imposed fine of HK$5,000. [...]
  • Monday, April 08, 2019
  • Myth and misunderstanding around vaping

  • I am, in my bones, a law-abiding sort of chap. I was brought up to respect the law and in turn have done the same with my children. I have also spent much of my medical career doing my best to help smokers quit their habit using all the methods available to me.

    You might wonder what links these two statements and the answer lies in Hong Kong where – if I was a smoker trying to quit their cigarettes – I would now be wondering if I was going to be sent to prison for up to six months simply by carrying an e-cigarette in my pocket.

  • Monday, April 08, 2019
  • Ban e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, Hong Kong parents say in survey

  • Three-quarters of more than 9,000 parents polled in a survey want a complete ban on e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, saying a plan to choke only their supply, sale and promotion – but allow consumption – did not go far enough. Seventy-five per cent of the 9,083 parents – both smokers and non-smokers – called for the complete ban on electronic cigarettes as well as other new tobacco alternatives such as heat-not-burn products and herbal cigarettes.

  • Wednesday, April 03, 2019
  • Asia’s tobacco epidemic on the rise, says study

  • An estimated 7 million people in the world lose their lives every year due to smoking tobacco, and these numbers are only rising. By 2030, scientists believe that this number could hit 8.3 million and if the trend continues unabated, by the end of the century, the world will lose a billion lives. Most of these deaths would be in low- and middle-income countries that are witnessing rapid socioeconomic changes. In Asia, the tobacco epidemic is surging, and half of the world’s male smokers live in China, India and Indonesia. [...]

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Hong Kong vaping ban is based on sound reasoning: but it could go further

  • I am writing in response to Alice Wu’s commentary on the government’s recent e-cigarette ban, “E-cigarette ban is clueless, elitist government at its worst (February 17)”. [...] Ms Wu’s interpretation of the research paper she cites is misguided. The observed effect of e-cigarettes on smoking cessation is due to regulation of the amount of use and close monitoring of the subjects by clinical professionals. [...]