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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

  • 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 [...]

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • New concerns about teen vaping and lung damage

  • There are new concerns about a potential link between teen vaping and severe lung damage. There have now been reports of at least 22 teens across 3 states who have been hospitalized with lung damage after using e-cigarettes. [...]

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Vaping group sues Trump administration to delay expedited e-cigarette review

  • A vaping industry group on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in an attempt to delay an upcoming deadline for companies to submit their products for regulatory review. “The stark facts set forth in the Complaint are that, even with unlimited resources, there are not enough labs, there are not enough subjects, and there are not enough hours in the day to properly conduct the scientific inquiries that FDA only just laid out … by the May 2020 deadline,” the group said.

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Health advocates push Denver to raise tobacco purchase age to fight “growing epidemic” of teen vaping

  • A coalition of health professionals, education leaders and student advocates on Tuesday argued forcefully for raising the legal age to purchase tobacco in Denver, warning that skyrocketing e-cigarette use has sparked a teen health crisis in Colorado. If taken up and adopted by the Denver City Council, the “Tobacco 21” proposal would raise the sales age of tobacco to 21 from 18, while adding a citywide licensing and enforcement system that would bring cigarettes in line with alcohol and marijuana.