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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]
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 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, August 21, 2019
  • Fears that too many British teenagers are using e-cigarettes may be overblown

  • WALK DOWN any high street in Britain and you find no shortage of shops advertising e-cigarettes, which have seemingly exploded in popularity in recent years. Public-health officials are worried. Little is known about the long-term health effects of vaping, and many have accused e-cigarette manufacturers of aiming their products at children. Yet, newly released data suggest that concerns over e-cigarettes’ popularity among youngsters may be overblown, at least in England.

  • Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Can we stop America's teen vaping epidemic arriving in Britain?

  • At Grace’s school, it doesn’t matter if you’re the coolest girl in the class or the quietest, when you get up to go to the toilet, you take your Juul. It doesn’t matter if you’re 11 or 16, like Grace was when she first started smoking the sleek black electronic cigarette. Depending on your gender, you’ll tuck the USB-like device into your pocket or your bra, knowingly risking suspension for a hit of mango- flavoured nicotine. Last year, Grace’s school implemented a new policy: if two kids go to the toilet at the same time, they’re automatically assumed to be Juuling.

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • ENGLAND COULD BECOME ‘SMOKE-FREE’ BY 2030 UNDER NEW GOVERNMENT PLEDGE

  • The government has announced its aim to end smoking in England by 2030. On Monday evening, the government released a green paper titled "Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s", outlining its plans to tackle preventable ill health in the near future. One of the concerns highlighted in the paper is the detrimental impact of smoking, a national health issue which has improved in recent years.
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Smoking still a big issue in many areas

  • Three quarters of Scottish constituencies of the Westminster parliament have above-average levels of smoking.

    West Dumbartonshire has the highest use in Scotland, with one in five adults reaching for cigarettes, according to research from the tobacco company Philip Morris.

    Analysts found wide variation by political party, with Liberal Democrat and Conservative-held seats having far lower rates of smoking than SNP or Labour constituencies.

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Heated Tobacco launches In Manchester

  • Manchester has become the first city outside London to see the launch of IQOS Heated Tobacco technology. Two new IQOS stores have opened in St Ann’s Square and Princess Street, with heated tobacco sticks (called ‘HEETS’) now available in 50+ retailers across the city. A specialist local team has been recruited to help Greater Manchester’s 360,000 smokers understand how best to switch from cigarettes to less harmful alternatives.

  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019
  • Smoking 'damages eyes as well as lungs'

  • Millions of people in the UK are putting their sight at risk by continuing to smoke, warn specialists.

    Despite the clear connection, only one in five people recognise that smoking can lead to blindness, a poll for the Association of Optometrists (AOP) finds.

    Smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight compared with non-smokers, says the RNIB.

    That is because tobacco smoke can cause and worsen a number of eye conditions.