Summary of European E-cigarettes Policies
European countries have different attitudes towards e-cigarettes and different related policies. There are some countries like the United Kingdom that use e-cigarettes as a means to achieve smoke-free, and there are also countries that completely ban the sale of e-cigarettes and related accessories, and other countries do not even carry out any supervision on e-cigarettes and e-liquid, which means that e-cigarettes sold locally are not screened or tested and pose considerable potential risks to consumers.The following is a summary of European countries’ policies on e- cigarettes, for reference only! Due to limited understanding, please correct me if there are deficiencies or errors!
Austria: Prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to young people under the age of 18.The same law apply to both E-cigarettes and cigarette. It is also illegal to use e-cigarettes in cars with teenagers under the age of 18.
Azerbaijan : E-cigarettes are regulated as tobacco products and their use in public places is restricted.
Belgium: Prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to children under the age 16. All forms of e-cigarette advertising and sponsorship are prohibited, with certain exceptions. Limit the use of the electronic cigarette in public places, subject to the same laws as cigarettes.Bulgaria: E-cigarettes comply with the same laws as cigarettes, and it is strictly prohibited to sell or supply e-cigarettes to minors (under 18).
Croatia: E- cigarettes also apply to tobacco laws, which means that the use of e-cigarettes in public places is prohibited, so as the sale of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18.
Cyprus: Subject to the health protection laws, e-cigarettes are prohibited from being sold to people under the age of 18. It is also illegal to use e- cigarettes in cars with pregnant women or minors.
Czech Republic: The e-cigarette to be sold must comply with the relevant legal regulations and requirements, and e-cigarette advertisements must not contain any inducible element.
Denmark: Prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to persons under the age of 18 and the use of e-cigarettes in public places. Any advertising, promotion and sponsorship of e-cigarettes are prohibited, and any places that do works with e-cigarettes are required to submit a written application.
United Kingdom: E-cigarettes can enter the market as drugs or consumer goods. The e-cigarettes which sale as a pharmaceutical products must undergo a rigorous review, when the company is approved, which means its products can also be sold as consumer goods. E-cigarettes follows the same policy as tobacco. Prohibited the use of e-cigarettes in public.Estonia: E-cigarettes is classified as tobacco products. Prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to persons under the age of 18 and minors to use e-cigarette. Prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in all public areas.
Finland: E-cigarettes is classified as tobacco products. E-cigarettes cannot be sold through the vending machine. Prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes and related products to persons under the age of 18. All advertising and promotions are prohibited , even in the offline store. Prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in the car with children under the age of 15.
France: It is forbidden to sell to people under the age of 18, and it is forbidden to use e- cigarettes in public places such as train stations and closed offices.
Georgia: E-cigarettes is classified as tobacco products. It is forbidden to sell to people under the age of 18. In addition, the online sale of e-cigarettes is limited as well, and is expected to be banned the use in public places and public transportation.
Germany: E-cigarette comply with the same laws as cigarettes. Prohibit the sale to persons under the age of 18. The advertisements are not allowed in most media such as print media, advertisement and TV, only billboards is allowed.
Greece: The attitude of e-cigarettes and cigarettes are the same. The advertisements are not allowed in printed media, broadcast, TV and website. Prohibit the sale to people under the age of 18.
Hungary: E-cigarettes are classified as consumer products, can be purchased at tobacco shops.
Iceland: According to the EU Tobacco Products Act, e-cigarettes usually comply the same regulations as cigarettes.
Italy: According to the same tobacco regulations, e-cigarettes can not be sold to people under the age of 18 and prohibit to use at schools and the campus.Latvia: Many platforms ban publicity and advertising of e-cigarettes, including electronic media.