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Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Allowed [1, 2, 3]
As medicinal products
Yes [1, 2, 3]
As consumer goods
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/

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]
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/

Products
Notifications of new products 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/

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

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Upcoming tobacco law could go up in smoke without political will, govt warned

  • Plans to curb smoking with tougher tobacco regulations will not yield results unless there is political will from Putrajaya to enforce such laws, say MPs from the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition and those involved in public health issues. They also warn that tougher laws will not mean anything if the public remains ignorant about the dangers of smoking. “We have capital punishment for drug trafficking but it hasn’t stopped that problem,” said DAP’s Charles Santiago.
  • Tuesday, April 09, 2019
  • New law on cigarettes and e-cigarettes being drafted

  • The government is drafting a new act on regulating tobacco consumption comprising traditional tobacco cigarettes and its electronic alternatives.

    According to a report from Bernama, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said at present, tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes are being regulated under different directives.

    “The new bill will underline all regulations and controls on e-cigarettes and vapes, including the sales guidelines,” he said in the report.

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • Tobacco giant Reynolds just rolled out berry and cream nicotine lozenges as it faces new pressure from Juul for smokeless products

  • Tobacco giant Reynolds wants to give smokers a more convenient way to use nicotine.

    On Wednesday, the company rolled out nicotine lozenges that dissolve in the mouth and come in four flavors: berry, cream, and two kinds of mint. Sold under the brand Revel, the lozenges are the first new product the company has launched on a wide commercial scale since the Vuse e-cigarette in 2013. Its new Revel lozenges are meant to appeal exclusively to adults who already smoke. [...]

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • Heat-not-burn refills shouldn’t be dodging tax, health requirements

  • A former health ministry official and a think-tank have called on Putrajaya to treat heat-not-burn (HNB) smoking refills as cigarettes and subject to the same regulations which govern tobacco products, amid reports that Putrajaya is developing a law on e-cigarettes, which include HNB products.

    Speaking to FMT, the Malaysian Women’s Action for Tobacco Control and Health (MyWATCH) said HNB refills fulfilled the definition of a cigarette under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 (CTPR), [...]