When it comes to e-cigarettes, various provisions and regulations in different countries have become an obstacle.
There are countries like the United Kingdom that use e-cigarettes as a means to achieve smoke-free, some countries completely ban the sale of e-cigarettes and related accessories, and some countries do not even carry out any supervision on e-cigarettes and cigarette oil, which means that the e-cigarettes sold locally have not been screened and tested, which has considerable potential risks for consumers.
The following summarizes the legal provisions related to e-cigarette in European countries for reference!
Austria: Sales of e-cigarettes to teenagers under the age of 18 are prohibited. The same laws apply to e-cigarettes and cigarettes in general. It is also illegal to use e-cigarettes in cars of teenagers under the age of 18.
Azerbaijan: e-cigarettes are regulated as tobacco products and their use in public places is restricted.
Belgium: ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to children under 16. All forms of e-cigarette advertising and sponsorship are prohibited, with some exceptions. The use of e-cigarettes in public places is restricted and the same laws as cigarettes should be observed.
Bulgaria: e-cigarettes comply with the same laws as cigarettes, and the sale or supply of e-cigarettes to minors (under 18 years old) is strictly prohibited.
Croatia: e-cigarettes also apply to tobacco law, which means that the use of e-cigarettes in public places is prohibited and the sale of e-cigarettes to people under 18 years of age is prohibited.
Cyprus: under the health protection law, the sale of e-cigarettes is prohibited to people under the age of 18. It is also illegal to use e-cigarettes in cars with pregnant women or minors.
Czech Republic: e-cigarettes to be sold must comply with the relevant legal provisions and requirements, and e-cigarette advertisements must not contain any inducing elements.
Denmark: Sales of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18 and the use of e-cigarettes in public places are prohibited. Any e-cigarette related advertising, promotion and sponsorship are prohibited, and any place engaged in e-cigarette related work needs to submit a written application.
UK: e-cigarettes can enter the market as medicine or consumer goods. Electronic cigarette products sold as drugs must be strictly audited. When the company passes the audit, it means that their products can also be sold as consumer goods. E-cigarettes follow the same system as tobacco, and the use of e-cigarettes in public places is prohibited.
Estonia: e-cigarettes are classified as tobacco products and are forbidden to be sold to people under the age of 18, to minors, and to all public places.
Finland: classified as tobacco products, e-cigarettes cannot be sold through vending machines. It is strictly prohibited to sell e-cigarettes and related products to people under 18 years old. All advertising and promotion activities are prohibited, even in off-line e-cigarette stores. Electronic cigarettes are also banned in cars with children under 15.
France: Sales of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18 and the use of e-cigarettes in public places such as railway stations and closed offices are prohibited.
Georgia: e-cigarettes are classified as tobacco products in Georgia and are not allowed to be sold to people under the age of 18. In addition, the sale of e-cigarettes on the Internet is also restricted and is expected to be banned in public places and public transport in the future.
Germany: e-cigarettes comply with the same laws as tobacco products and are prohibited from being sold to people under the age of 18. It restricts its advertising on most media platforms, such as print media, advertising and television, but billboards are allowed.
Greece: the attitude towards e-cigarettes is the same as that of cigarettes. Restrictions on e-cigarette advertising apply to print media, radio, television and the Internet, and sales to people under the age of 18 are prohibited.
Hungary: e-cigarettes are listed as consumer goods and can be purchased in tobacco shops.
Iceland: under the EU tobacco products act, e-cigarettes generally follow the same rules as cigarettes.
Italy: under the same rules as tobacco, e-cigarettes cannot be sold to people under the age of 18 and are banned from use in schools and schools.
Latvian: many platforms prohibit the promotion and advertising of e-cigarettes, including electronic media.
Lithuania: e-cigarettes are classified as tobacco products and cannot be sold to people under the age of 18, and all advertising and promotional activities are prohibited.
Luxembourg: the sale of products to people under the age of 18, the use of electronic cigarettes in certain public places where minors may appear is prohibited, and the use of electronic cigarettes in cars with children under 12 years old is also not allowed.
Moldova: sales to people under the age of 18 and use in public places and public transport are prohibited.
Norway: Sales of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18 and their use in public places are prohibited.
Poland: prohibit advertising, promotion and related sponsorship related to e-cigarettes, and prohibit the sale to people under 18 years old or use in public places.
Portugal: banned in public places and public transport, but also faces a variety of advertising restrictions. The sale of e-cigarettes to minors under the age of 18 is prohibited.
Romania: e-cigarettes are considered to be the same products as tobacco products, and both are subject to the same laws.
Serbia: relatively friendly to e-cigarettes, the only restriction is to ban e-cigarette advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
Slovakia: under the law on tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products must display the same standard health warnings as cigarettes, and should also be kept away from children.
Slovenia: e-cigarettes are classified as tobacco products and must display health warnings related to smoking. The sale of e-cigarettes to children under the age of 18 is prohibited, and the use of e-cigarettes in cars where children under 18 may appear is prohibited. Public places and public transport are also prohibited.
Spain: e-cigarettes are defined as "devices that can release nicotine", and there are a series of standards and regulations for electronic cigarettes on the market. The package should not contain any misleading (healthy lifestyle or benefits) publicity.
Sweden: subject to the law on electronic cigarettes and refillable containers, electronic cigarette equipment and smoke bombs must comply with the design provisions of the law. Age verification is required when purchasing in physical stores and online. It is strictly prohibited to sell to adults under 18 years old.
Switzerland: non nicotine e-cigarettes are sold as food under supervision, but the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes is prohibited. The import and export of nicotine e-cigarettes for personal consumption is allowed, but the capacity is limited to 150 ml.
Turkey: legislation stipulates that e-cigarettes are the same as tobacco products, and limits the sale to people under the age of 19. Advertising, promotion and sponsorship of e-cigarettes are prohibited. If you use e-cigarettes in public places or on public transport, you may be arrested.
Ukraine: classified as e-cigarettes, prohibited in public places, public transport and specific places.
It should be noted that all countries in the EU, including the UK, are subject to the tobacco products act, which stipulates the laws and regulations, production and sales of e-cigarettes and related products, which must meet certain standards before they can be sold to consumers.