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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]
As medicinal products
Yes [1, 2, 3]
As consumer goods
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/

Advertising & promotion
Public advertising allowed in all Media
No [1, 2, 3]
Advertising allowed at point of sale
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Are health claims allowed
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
Minimum age restrictions on sales
Yes 18+ [1, 2, 3]
Child & tamperproof containers required
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Health warning on packaging required
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/

Products
Notifications of new products required
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Restrictions on tank size
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Restrictions on nicotine content
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

  • Sunday, June 16, 2019
  • Cigarettes and alcohol: How young French people differ from older generations

  • France may not deserve its reputation as 'Europe's chimney' for much longer - at least if the new report from the French Observatory for Drugs and Addiction (OFDT) is anything to go by. 
     
    The national survey on 11-18-year-olds and their relationship with substances threw up some surprising results, including that they are smoking less. 
     
    Out of the 20,000 students who took part in the study, 21.2 percent of them said they had tried smoking compared to 27.8 percent in 2014. 
  • Friday, May 31, 2019
  • The number of smokers down, that of vapers rising

  • The number of smokers continues to decline, while vaping is becoming more and more followers. According to the "Annual Barometer" published by Public Health France (SPF), Tuesday, May 28, France had 600,000 fewer smokers in 2018 than in 2017. A sharp decrease that comes on top of the one million fewer smokers already registered between 2016 and 2017 . "This is an unprecedented decline of the order of 12% in two years," welcomes in his editorial François Bourdillon, CEO of SPF. Over one year, there are 500,000 additional daily vapoteurs.

  • 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.