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In 2004, Bhutan banned tobacco and tobacco products from being produced or sold in the country, this included e-cigarettes. It is legal to bring e-cigarette products into the country for personal use, although they are subject to import duties and carriers must show proof of taxation. Products imported for personal use must display health warnings, and cannot promote tobacco by 'false means', in ways that are misleading, or likely to create an incorrect impression about their nature, make health claims. E-cigarettes are prohibited in both indoor and outdoor public places, and if used, are subject to fines and/or police enforcement action.
Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Banned [1, 2, 3]
As tobacco products
Yes [1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

General use and availability
Legal to use
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell e-cigarette device
No [1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell nicotine
No [1, 2, 3]
Legal to buy device online (personal use)
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Legal to buy nicotine online (personal use)
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Legal to import device - trade
No [1, 2, 3]
Legal to import nicotine - trade
No [1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Advertising & promotion
Are health claims allowed
No [1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Health
Minimum age restrictions on sales
Yes 18+ [1, 2, 3]
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
No [1, 2, 3]
Health warning on packaging required
Yes [1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Notes on methodology & limitations

Data has been collected from a range of sources which are openly available online, such as vaping information/regulation websites & direct from country's legislation where available. In a few instances information has been included which was received from individuals specialising in the field. The regulatory picture changes frequently and these data boxes show the situation at time of going to press. This website will be updated as/when new regulatory information is received. There are gaps in the data available - readers are invited to send in updated information to the GSTHR team.

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  • E-cigarettes touted as potential healthier alternative for smokers at Asia Harm Reduction Forum

  • Tobacco alternatives such as e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn devices were hot topics at the 3rd Asia Harm Reduction Forum (AHRF) in Seoul, especially with regards to its role in curbing smoking habits.

    Experts from 18 countries called on global public health authorities to adopt feasible solutions that can help smokers give up cigarettes for good. Putting a blanket ban on ENDS would be a disservice to smokers who could have chosen a less harmful alternative to cigarettes, said AHRF keynote speaker Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos.

  • Sunday, September 01, 2019
  • Innovators hold the key to ending smoking epidemic

  • Innovative individuals in the Asia-Pacific region, home to the largest population of smokers, have an opportunity to end the smoking epidemic by improving the technologies to deliver nicotine in a much less hazardous and more affordable way, according to experts [...]
    “We have the ability to use business and create regulatory incentives to change the [tobacco] market. We have tremendous opportunity to do really amazing things,” David Sweanor, an adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa, says [...]