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Postby Kate » Sun Oct 25, 2009 11:13 am

Just a thread to try to keep track of the legal status on PVs internationally. Some of this information isn't verified so if you're going to use it please double check that it's correct.



Australia: Due to poisons legislation the sale of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is illegal.

Austria: Electronic cigarettes are considered medical devices and nicotine cartridges medicinal products. Nicotine cartridges need to be registered as medicinal products before they can be legally sold.

Belgium: Banned, but hardly enforced at all.

Brazil: Electronic cigarettes sales, importation or advertisement of any kind are forbidden. Anvisa, the Brazilian health and sanitation federal agency found the current health safety assessments about e-cigarettes to be unsatisfactory so the product is not eligible for commercial availability.

Canada: Compliance of electronic cigarette use with public smoking bans is currently under review. In March 2009, Health Canada called for the immediate cessation of imports, sales, and advertising of electronic smoking products containing nicotine and advised Canadians not to purchase or use any electronic smoking products. Under the Food and Drugs Act, electronic smoking products containing nicotine require market authorization before they can be imported, marketed or sold. No market authorization has been granted for any electronic smoking product.
Nuck says - "You cannot sell or import the liquid. The devices are fine so everyone splits orders. There are quite a few vendors openly selling and HC seems to be hands off for now anyway. It's pretty rare that an order gets stopped by customs but I think that has more to do with the load they are under rather than policy. Oddly enough, non-Canadians can freely import liquid."
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodphar ... ig-eng.php

Czech Republic: Electronic cigarette use and advertisement are currently unrestricted.

Denmark: Electronic cigarettes are legal, however nicotine cartridges are currently under a temporary ban while they undergo review by Danish health authorities.

Dubai (a state in the UAE): Banned - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArti ... ion=theuae

Europe: All electronic devices need to have CE mark approval.

Finland: Cartridges containing nicotine are illegal to sell or to purchase with intent to sell but are not illegal to purchase from overseas sources for personal use only.

Germany: No restrictions on possession and use; no restrictions known on sales. However, the legal situation has not yet been settled. Customs in some states of the Federal Republic of Germany deem e-cigs or nicotine-bearing liquid a medicinal product and do stop commercial or personal imports at the respective customs border (= EU outer border).

Hong Kong: Possession or sale of electronic cigarettes is illegal.

Iran: Possibly a ban there because of the ingredients in pvliquid.

Israel: Banned, both the import and sale of the product, including those that are marketed as nicotine-free - http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/132629

Jordan: Banned - http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=13857

Korea: Allowed but to be taxed: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/na ... 54218.html

Malaysia: Electronic cigarettes are considered medical devices and nicotine cartridges medicinal products. They can be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy with proper prescription.

Mexico: Sale, production, distribution, importation or advertisement of any kind are forbidden, mainly because the design is too similar to a tobacco product.

Netherlands: Use of electronic cigarettes is allowed, but advertising is forbidden pending European Union legislation.

New Zealand: The Ministry of Health has ruled that cartridges containing nicotine fall under the requirements of the Medicines Act and cannot be sold except as a registered medicine. New Zealanders are allowed to import device, cartridge and e-liquid (including nicotine) for personal use. This article suggests that NZ authorities are approving some PVs as medical devices - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0906/S00521.htm

Singapore: Banned.

South Africa: Electronic cigarette use is currently unrestricted.

Tajikisan: Electronic cigarette use is currently unrestricted.

Thailand: Banned.

United Kingdom: Electronic cigarette use is currently unrestricted.

United States: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consider electronic cigarettes to be a drug delivery system under its jurisdiction. A number of import shipments of electronic cigarette products to the country have been seized. Legal action is underway to challenge FDA restrictions. There are also local laws that restrict the use of ecigs to smoking areas.



Please add relevant info to this thread, thanks.
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Re: International Legal Trends

Postby taz3cat » Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:57 pm

Anon/Kate this is my updated verstion from RTV. Several people have helped update this.


Legal Status Around The World

Australia, the sale of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is illegal.

Austria, electronic cigarettes are considered medical devices, and nicotine cartridges medicinal products. Therefore electronic cigarettes need to be CE-marked, and nicotine cartridges registered as medicinal products, before either can be legally sold.

Belgium, banned, but hardly enforced at all.

Brazil, electronic cigarettes sales, importation or advertisement of any kind are forbidden. Anvisa, the Brazilian health and sanitation federal agency, found the current health safety assessments about e-cigarettes not to be yet satisfactory to make the product eligible to be approved for commercialization.

Czech Republic, electronic cigarette use and advertisement are currently unrestricted.

Canada, compliance of electronic cigarette use with public smoking bans is currently under review. In March 2009, Health Canada called for the immediate cessation of imports, sales, and advertising of electronic smoking products containing nicotine, and advised Canadians not to purchase or use any electronic smoking products. Under the Food and Drugs Act, electronic smoking products containing nicotine require market authorization before they can be imported, marketed, or sold. No market authorization has been granted for any electronic smoking product.

Denmark, electronic cigarettes are legal, however nicotine cartridges are currently under a temporary ban while they undergo review by Danish health authorities.

Dubai, a state in the UAE, banned them. The Ministry of Health apparently relied upon the FDA 'study. Dubai is for the sale of e-cigs... not the possession of them.

Finland, cartridges containing nicotine are illegal to sell, or to purchase with intent to sell, but are not illegal to purchase from overseas sources for personal use only.

Germany: no restrictions on possession and use. No restrictions known on sales. However, legal situation has not yet been settled. Customs in some states of the Federal Republic of Germany deem e-cigs or nicotine-bearing liquid a medicinal product and do stop commercial or personal imports at the respective customs border (= EU outer border).

HongKong, the possession or the sale of electronic cigarettes is illegal.

Israel: Banned - both the import and sale of the product, including those that are marketed as nicotine-free. Anon/Kate provided this information. http://redirectingat.com/?id=593X1004&u ... x%2F132629

Jordan: banned.

Korea - allowed but to be taxed: Anon/Kate provided this information http://redirectingat.com/?id=593X1004&u ... 54218.html


Malaysia, electronic cigarettes are considered medical devices, and nicotine cartridges medicinal products. They can be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy with proper prescription.

Mexico. Sale, production, distribution, importation or advertisement of any kind are forbidden, mainly because design is too similar to a tobacco product.

Netherlands, use of electronic cigarettes is allowed, but advertising is forbidden pending European Union legislation.

New Zealand, the Ministry of Health has ruled that cartridges containing nicotine fall under the requirements of the Medicines Act, and cannot be sold except as a registered medicine. New Zealanders are allowed to import device, cartridge and e-liquid (including nicotine) for personal use.


South Africa, electronic cigarette use is currently unrestricted.

Tajikisan, electronic cigarette use is currently unrestricted.

United Kingdom, electronic cigarette use is currently unrestricted.

United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consider electronic cigarettes to be a nicotine delivery system, subject to its approval. The agency is currently investigating electronic smoking devices, and has blocked a number of import shipments of electronic cigarette products to the country.
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Re: International Legal Trends

Postby Kate » Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:03 pm

Thanks very much Taz, your info is probably more reliable than mine.
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Re: International Legal Trends

Postby taz3cat » Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:41 pm

Kate, I put some of yours in there, because I did not have that information. This by the way is a group effort, I only organized it. :)
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Re: International Legal Trends

Postby Kate » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:57 am

That's great Taz, thanks. We can be far more effective if we collaborate.
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Re: International Legal Trends

Postby Kate » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:21 pm

I've redone the original post to merge our lists now.
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Re: International Legal Trends

Postby Kate » Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:49 pm

The most up to date list of trends is here: http://vapersnetwork.org/node/7
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