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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]
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/

Health
Minimum age restrictions on sales
Yes 18+ [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]
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

  • Thursday, June 06, 2019
  • Surgeon General links rising youth tobacco use to e-cigarettes

  • The U.S. Surgeon General said in an interview that aired Wednesday that use of e-cigarettes can be linked to rising tobacco use among young people. "We've seen tobacco use among youth go down over the last decade, it's now starting to go back up because of e-cigarettes," Dr. Jerome Adams told Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on "Rising." "It's a fundamentally different product we have compared to the e-cigarettes of old," he said. "It delivers much more nicotine, and we're hearing from high school principals and from parents that kids out there now are becoming, rapidly becoming addicted to these products, so I'm worried the numbers are going to get worse this year."

  • Thursday, June 06, 2019
  • Commentary: FDA should rethink its approach on vaping

  • All across South Carolina, we are engaging in an important debate on the pros and cons of  e-cigarettes and other vaping products.

    Many people believe e-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to traditional smoking. Others are concerned that this product has directly led to an increase in teenage smoking. Both concerns are valid, and it is incumbent upon all of us to work together to find solutions that benefit all South Carolinians.

  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019
  • Beverly Hills votes to outlaw tobacco sales in ordinance believed to be first of its kind in US

  • The Beverly Hills City Council late Tuesday unanimously approved a ban on the retail sale of most tobacco products with a sweeping ordinance that is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

    The tobacco sales ban in the playground of the rich and famous is set to go into effect at the beginning in 2021. It will outlaw the retail sale of cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes sold in gas stations, convenience stores, pharmacies and grocery stores.

  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019
  • Antismoking groups say bill that lifts tobacco-buying age to 21 has a big flaw

  • As Washington moves closer to raising the age for buying e-cigarettes and conventional tobacco products to 21 from 18 nationwide, some advocacy groups are warning that one prominent bill could offer a loophole for tobacco companies.

    The Tobacco-Free Youth Act — rolled out in mid-May by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, and Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine — would lift the purchase age to 21 but also require that each U.S. state pass a law lifting its minimum age to 21 or risk losing federal funding for programs that fight substance abuse.

  • Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Durbin urges acting FDA chief to crack down on e-cigarettes

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to immediately remove kid-friendly electronic cigarette flavors from the market and crack down on Juul’s claims that it can help people quit smoking, a top Senate Democrat said Wednesday.

    In a letter to Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, Sen. Dick Durbin(D-Ill.) said he doesn’t understand why the agency isn’t taking action to address the sharp increase in youth vaping.

  • Monday, May 27, 2019
  • Seeing teen vaping as an addiction, schools move toward treatment model

  • Using e-cigarettes, often called vaping, has now overtaken smoking traditional cigarettes in popularity among students, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year, one in five U.S. high school students reported vaping the previous month, according to a CDC survey. Compared with regular cigarettes, the research on the health effects of e-cigarettes is painfully thin. Experts say that although using e-cigarettes appears less harmful over the long run than smoking regular cigarettes, that doesn't mean they're safe [...]