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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

  • Monday, June 24, 2019
  • Philip Morris to put heat on cigarettes with IQOS stores plan

  • One of the world’s biggest tobacco manufacturers is considering opening hundreds of stores in Britain in a drive for sales of alternatives to cigarettes.

    Philip Morris International, the owner of Marlboro cigarettes, plans initially to open four IQOS stores selling heated tobacco and vape products in Bristol and two in Manchester to sell its heat-not-burn tobacco devices.

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Prevalence of vaping and smoking among adolescents in Canada, England, and the United States: repeat national cross sectional surveys

  • Vaping most likely represents a less harmful mode of nicotine delivery compared with inhalation of smoke from combustible cigarettes. Although the number and levels of toxicants are lower in aerosol from electronic cigarettes than from tobacco smoke, long term exposure to e-cigarette vapor might cause nicotine dependence and increase the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular health effects. In addition, though the use of e-cigarettes might assist established smokers in quitting smoking, there are widespread concerns [...]

  • Sunday, June 16, 2019
  • 'Londoners, please stop vaping in public places - it stinks'

  • Smoking is banned in a lot of places and vapour from e-cigarettes should carry the same rules.

    No-one wants any type of stinky second hand smoke in their face, so Londoners, please stop blowing it about at bus stops, train stations and in the street in general.

    And I know what you're thinking, 'It's healthier than smoking cigarettes,' and 'It's only water vapour!'.

  • Friday, May 24, 2019
  • VAPE HOORAY E-cigarettes are ‘THREE TIMES more effective than nicotine patches at helping smokers quit’

  • Docs have found that vapers are 95 per cent more likely to ditch the cancer-causing habit than those who don't use gadgets. Smokers who are prescribed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as gums and patches, are only 34 per cent more likely to quit than those who just go cold turkey.

    The study by University College London medics looked at almost 20,000 smokers to see what impact vaping had on quitting success rates.

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Food banks to provide free e-cigarettes in Hertfordshire?

  • Smokers could receive free e-cigarettes from ‘food banks’ in Hertfordshire, as part of a ground-breaking research project. As part of the proposed project, any smoker accessing the support of the ‘food bank’ would be routinely offered a free e-cigarette starter kit. And that, it is believed, could save them money and be good for their health too.

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Tobacco display ban 'safeguards young people'

  • A ban on displaying cigarettes and tobacco at shop counters has reduced the risk of young people taking up smoking, according to a new study.

    Tobacco products have been hidden from point-of-sale displays across the UK for more than four years.

    University of Stirling researchers said their study showed the ban "helps safeguard young people".

    Lead author Dr Allison Ford added: "Our findings help to justify this policy approach in the UK and elsewhere."