As tobacco industry interests ramp up pressure on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of the Parties to embrace e-cigarettes and the industry’s harm reduction marketing frame, it is important to keep in mind that many countries have rejected e-cigarettes and other ENDS completely.
Here is a list that Clear the Air Hong Kong put together updated from on a list first published by the vaping site Vaped by Totally Wicked:
01 Antigua and Barbuda
03 Australia. The sale or importation of nicotine containing e-liquid is illegal. Prescription needed
08 Brunei Darussalam
09 Cambodia – Completely banned.
11 Costa Rica
13 Gambia – Completely banned.
14 India – Completely banned.
16 Japan – Banned by proxy. No nicotine containing e-liquid allowed.
17 N. Korea – Completely banned.
19 Lao PDR
20 Lebanon – Completely banned.
24 Nicaragua – Completely banned.
28 Qatar – Completely banned.
30 Singapore – Completely banned. Possession is also a crime and can carry a fine of up to $1500.
31 Sri Lanka
34 Thailand – Some of the harshest punishments for vaping in the world.
40 Vatican City – Completely banned.
42 Macao https://tinyurl.com/y9fbthjz
43 Bangladesh https://tinyurl.com/2b54pbke
44 Egypt https://tinyurl.com/z8ypb7rx Sales import + distribution banned since 2015
45 Jordan https://tinyurl.com/sr98365e
46 Saudi Arabia https://tinyurl.com/6reyxz8c Import banned by law but lax enforcement
47 Hong Kong https://tinyurl.com/rzwu6tu6 Includes E-cigarettes, HNB + herbal cigarettes
WHO put together an earlier list:
There are some differences between the attached list above and WHO’s information on the bans on ENDS, which could be as a result of how the law is interpreted or time of adoption of laws under consideration. The information WHO has is on the basis of data collected from country tobacco control legislation adopted as of 31 December 2020.
As of then the sale of ENDS is banned in the following 32 countries and territories: –
- Brunei Darussalam
- Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,
- Iran (Islamic Republic of)
- occupied Palestinian territory
- Sri Lanka
- Syrian Arab Republic
- Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Further information on other types of bans applied to ENDS in the respective regions of WHO is contained in the 2021 report on the global tobacco epidemic, with the page numbers provided below:
- Africa Table 2.1.1, Page 154
- America Table 2.1.2, Page 156
- South East Asia Table 2.1.3, Page 158
- Europe Table 2.1.4, Page 160
- Eastern Mediterranean Table 2.1.5, Page 162
- Western Pacific Table 2.1.6, Page 164
|Argentina||Sales, import, distribution, commercialization, advertising, promotion|
|Bahrain||Sales, import, distribution|
|Brunei Darussalam||Sales, import|
|Democratic People’s Republic of Korea||Sales, import, export|
|Egypt||Sales, import, trade|
|Ethiopia||Sales, manufacture, wholesale, distribution, offer for sale, import to trade|
|Gambia||Sales, import, manufacture, distribution, possession, offer for sale|
|India||Sales, production, manufacture, import, export, transport, distribution, storage.|
|Iran (Islamic Republic of)||Sales, import, production, supply, export|
|Iraq||Sales, import, trade, manufacture|
|Jordan||Sales, import, distribution, manufacture|
|Kuwait||Sales, trade, import|
|Mauritius||Sales, offer for sale, distribution|
|Mexico||Sales, import, distribution, display, promotion, production|
|Nepal||Manufacture, import, distribute, promote (bans restricted to some places only)|
|occupied Palestinian territory||Sales, import, manufacture|
|Qatar||Sales, import, trade, display, distribution, manufacture|
|Singapore||Sales, import, distribute, offer for sale, possession|
|Sri Lanka||Sales, manufacture, import, offer for sale|
|Suriname||Sales, import, distribution|
|Syrian Arab Republic||Sales, manufacture, distribution, trade|
|Turkey||Import (except for personal consumption)|
|Uganda||Sales, import, manufacture, distribution, process, offer for sale, bring into the country|
|Uruguay||Sales, commercialization, importation, registration as a trademark or patent|
|Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)||Sales, promotion, commercialization|
Please note that 13 countries have both a sales ban and additional ENDS regulation in place, and these are classified as sales-ban countries in the report on page 100. Please see Annex II Table 2.1 for further details on these countries
Excluding countries that ban sale of ENDS, 30 countries completely ban the use of ENDS in all public places, workplaces and public transport:
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Saint Lucia
- Russian Federation
- Brunei Darussalam
- Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
An additional 45 countries partially ban their use in these places:
The following countries ban the possession of ENDS
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