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Each country profile draws together some of the key statistics and regulatory information for each country in relation to smoking tobacco and safer nicotine products.

The Norwegian Parliament voted in December 2016 in favour of lifting the ban on nicotine containing e-cigarettes. However, E-cigarettes containing nicotine are reportedly still not on the market. The new regulation has to be incorporated into the trade agreement (EEA) with the EU, and the delay is at present in Brussels. Under the 2017 Smoking Act, Vaping is banned in all places covered by Norway’s smoking ban and all e-cigarette advertising is prohibited under the Tobacco Injury Act.
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]
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 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
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]
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]
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 tables 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, August 22, 2018
  • THE TIMES Letter to the Editor SMOKELESS SNUS
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    Sir, The suggestion by the science and technology committee for vaping to be permitted on buses and trains has hit the buffers of public opinion (report, Aug 17, and letters, Aug 20). Your letters column shows that the man or woman on the Clapham omnibus will not share air with nicotine-infused vapour, whatever the science says about the lack of harm.
    There is another way to help smokers on public transport in their transition to safer nicotine without outraging non-smokers. It is for the government to end its 28-year-old ban on snus, the smokeless oral tobacco substitute that is the driving force behind smoking rates in Scandinavia being the lowest in Europe. Just 1 per cent of young Norwegian women now smoke. The health department is at war with science in its opposition to snus, which is safer than smoking. 
    Gerry Stimson
    Emeritus professor, Imperial College, London
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