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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]
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
  • Parents, Advocates Protest Teen Vaping Outside JUUL Offices In Manhattan

  • Dozens of parents and anti-vaping advocates held a protest Tuesday outside the JUUL offices in Manhattan.

    Critics want the City Council to restrict the e-cigarette company from selling flavored products, which they say attract kids.

    “Kids start with flavored pods,” said 16-year-old Phillip Fuhrman, who is now vape-free after taking his first puff of a JUUL two years ago. “When my mom took my first one away from me and I started to feel the withdrawal symptoms, that was the first time I realized I was addicted.”

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019
  • The youth vaping crisis is a Juuling epidemic | Opinion

  • Almost daily, educators across the country tell me that at least half of their students use electronic cigarettes, mainly the Juul brand. Many of these young people show clear signs of addiction. They are agitated, emotional, and unable to sit through an entire class period. They often need to leave class to “take a puff.”

    National data about the pervasiveness of e-cigarettes show that it increased nearly 80% among high school students from 2017 to 2018. One in 5 report currently vaping.

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019
  • Blaming Breathing Problems on 'Vaping' Is Like Blaming Food Poisoning on Eating

  • Health says the recent hospitalization of about two dozen people in the Midwest who had breathing problems after vaping shows "why e-cigarettes are so dangerous." Since we don't know what these patients were vaping or whether it was actually the cause of their symptoms, that conclusion is quite a leap. The assumption that vaping caused the breathing problems seems to be based on little more than supposition. "We are continuing to interview patients so we can identify a possible cause," Andrea Palm, secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said [...]

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Mystery lung illness linked to vaping. Health officials investigating nearly 100 possible cases.

  • State and federal health officials are investigating almost 100 cases of mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarette use in 14 states, many of them involving teens and young adults. A large number of those stricken ill have been hospitalized, with some in intensive care and on ventilators.

    At least 31 cases have been confirmed as of Friday, state officials said, and dozens more are under investigation. Medical authorities say it is unclear whether patients will fully recover.

  • Friday, August 16, 2019
  • National panel urges doctors to screen adults for illicit drug use

  • A panel appointed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services says that its proposed guidelines are meant to combat high rates of substance abuse in the country, in light of the country’s opioid epidemic. It cites a 2017 federal survey which found that 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 18 said they were using illicit drugs [...]

    “Many Americans experience problems related to illicit drug use, defined in this recommendation statement as the use of illegal drugs and the non-medical use of prescription psychoactive medications [...] ” the draft statement states.

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • LUNG DISEASE IN TEENS COULD BE LINKED TO VAPING, MINNESOTA HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS

  • The Minnesota Health Department on Tuesday warned against the potential dangers of vaping after four teenagers were hospitalized for lung disease. They were treated for more than one week.

    The teenagers all reportedly used vapes. "We had four cases of severe lung injuries reported at the Children's Hospital and the commonality between all four teenagers was vaping. In one case, a patient received intensive care and had to be intubated. It has become an issue of youth epidemic abuse," Laura Oliven, the Tobacco Control Manager of Minnesota's Health Department, told [...]