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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 UK abides by the https://gsthr.org/global-data/eu-tpd" target="_blank">EU TPD (2014). E-cigarettes are regulated under the UK Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (SI 2016 no. 507). This covers all of the UK but devolved nations may choose to apply greater restrictions. All e-cigarette products must be notified by manufacturers to the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), with detailed information on the products. Advertising is allowed on billboards but not on TV and radio. Legally there are no restrictions where you can vape but companies, public transport and public buildings implement their own restrictions. E-cigarettes are subject to a 20% Value Added Tax (VAT however, if they are regulated as Medicines, a 5% tax is levied instead. No 'medicinal' products are currently available.
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 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
No[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]
Restrictions on flavour range
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/

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

  • Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Smoking in Scotland’s jails set to be outlawed as experts voice views for and against ban
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    The decision by the Scottish Government has already sparked fear that greedy lags are stockpiling cigarettes and tobacco before flogging them for up to 25 times their value. It’s estimated that 80 per cent of Scots lags smoke so there will be no shortage of takers looking for an illicit puff.

    We’ve already told how inmates are being offered e-cigs and vaping kits, inset, to help wean them off fags.

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  • Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Vapers can avoid relapsing to smoking, even after the odd cigarette
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    Smokers who switch to vaping don't lapse for long—according to new research from the University of East Anglia. While vapers may occasionally have the odd smoking lapse, they don't see it as 'game over' for their quit attempt and it doesn't have to lead to a full relapse. Lead researcher Dr. Caitlin Notley, from UEA's Norwich Medical School, said: "E-cigarettes are the most popular aid to quitting smoking in the UK. [...]

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  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • You may be able to vape in your workplace if new Parliamentary group is given support
  • https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/uk-world-news/you-able-vape-your-workplace-2261136" target="_blank"> https://nicotinepolicy.net/images/news/n/nottighamshire.jpg" style="max-width: 100px;max-height: 100px;">

    A group of politicians are campaigning for the use of vapes and e-cigarettes to be legal in the workplace.

    The group called The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Vaping (APPGV) is calling for companies and businesses to provide proper indoor vaping areas and policies.

     

    They believe 'reasonable vaping etiquette' should be created and all outside areas should be open to vapers unless there is a legitimate safety or professional reason to stop it, [...]

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  • Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Vaping firm Juul fumes over ‘e-cigs aimed at children’
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    One of the world’s biggest vaping companies has attacked the sale of e-cigarettes with flavours that appeal to children, such as sweets and milkshakes, which health experts want to ban.

    Juul said it would never sell flavours, which are widely available in Britain, such as “gummy bear” or “cotton candy”. It added that they were “clearly targeted to kids”. The Sunday Times revealed last month that vaping products available in Britain for as little as £1 include flavours such as strawberry custard, ice-cream cake and jelly babies.

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