The sale of e-cigarettes is allowed, pursuant to the provisions of Law No. 278 Concerning Tobacco Control and regulations issued under that law.
The law prohibits smoking in all enclosed and semi-enclosed public places and workplaces and all means of public transport. “Smoking” is defined to include the use of e-cigarettes. Therefore, e-cigarette use in indoor public places, workplaces, and public transport is prohibited.
There is a ban on nearly all direct and indirect forms of advertising and promotion of tobacco and “related products.” E-cigarettes are specifically included in the definition of “related products.” Sponsorship by the tobacco industry is also prohibited.
The display of tobacco and related products will not be prohibited at retailers until March 20, 2020. Because this provision is not in effect at this time, the regulatory status code “Some Restrictions” is given.
The law prohibits point of sale product display of “related products,” which is defined to include e-cigarettes. The law permits only a list of e-cigarette products available for sale to be printed with black lettering on white paper to be presented by the seller upon request from an adult buyer.
All direct and indirect forms of advertising of e-cigarettes are prohibited, with the exception of product display. As a result, there can be no health claims in advertising.
The law prohibits the internet sale of related products, the definition of which specifically includes e-cigarettes.
The law does not restrict flavors in e-cigarettes.
The law prohibits the following additives from being used in e-cigarettes and refill containers: (a) vitamins and other additives that create the impression of a health benefit or low health risks; (b) caffeine, taurine and other additives and stimulating compounds which are associated with energy and vitality; (c) additives having coloring properties for emissions; and (d) additives which contribute to toxicity or addictiveness potential, or have carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic properties in unburnt form.
The law requires that each unit package and any outer packaging of e-cigarettes and refill containers contain a text-only health warning on at least 30% of the two largest surfaces (i.e., front and back). The warning must state: “This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive.”
The law does not contain other product packaging and labeling requirements.
The nicotine content of e-cigarettes and refill containers must not exceed 2 mg per unit. In addition, the nicotine content of e-liquid in e-cigarettes and refill containers must not exceed 72 mg/mL (an increase from the previous limit of 20 mg/mL).
The volume of cartridges and tanks for disposable e-cigarettes or disposable cartridges must not exceed 2mL. The volume of refill containers must not exceed 10mL.
Manufacturers and importers are required to notify the National Public Health Agency about any related product they intend to place on the market. Notification must be made at least 90 days prior to placing the product on the market and must include: (a) detailed product description; (b) information on ingredients and emissions; (c) available studies on toxicity, addictiveness potential and attractiveness of the product, particularly regarding ingredients and emissions; and (d) available studies and market research regarding the preferences of various groups of consumers, including young people.
Commercial establishments that are smaller than 20 m^2 (e.g., kiosks) must be located at least 200 meters from educational and healthcare facilities.