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The Most and Least Vape-Friendly Countries in Europe

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Europe MapEach week seems to bring with it a story about new vaping regulations around the world, with some corners of the globe making it almost impossible for wannabe vapers to make the switch. While regulating the industry from a safety point of view is certainly not a bad thing, there are some countries that are implementing outright bans on vaping, motivated by misinformation or research papers that have been proven to be incorrect. It’s always disappointing to see such important decisions being made without proper education but, conversely, it’s extremely heartening to see many countries starting to cater to vapers and understand the potential harm reduction benefits.

Today we’re going to be going on a whistlestop tour of Europe and sharing details of the most and least vape-friendly countries from around the continent. Now, let’s get started.

No Restrictions

Armenia: E-cigarettes and e-liquids are sold without regulation

Bosnia and Herzegovina: E-cigarettes and e-liquids are sold without regulation, as it was determined that nicotine-containing e-liquid is not classified as a tobacco product

Bulgaria: E-cigarettes and e-liquids are sold without restriction, without specific regulations from the EU

Gibraltar: E-cigarettes and e-liquids are sold without restriction

Latvia: E-cigarettes and e-liquids are sold without restriction

Lithuania: E-cigarettes and e-liquids are sold without restriction

Netherlands: E-cigarettes and e-liquids are sold without restriction

Poland: E-cigarettes and e-liquids are sold without restriction

Russia: E-cigarettes and e-liquids are sold without restriction, as the country does not classify e-cigarettes are a tobacco product

Some Restrictions

Europe Countries

Belgium: Nicotine-containing e-liquid can only be sold if the cartridge contains no more than 2ml of product and no more than 20 mg/ml of nicotine. No vaping products can be sold to those under 16

Croatia: E-cigarettes are classed as tobacco products and cannot be used in public buildings, advertised or sold to minors

Czech Republic: E-cigarettes are regulated identically to tobacco cigarettes so cannot be sold to minors and can only be purchased in outlets authorised to sell cigarettes. However, advertising is legal

Estonia: While e-cigarettes were previously banned, this was overturned in 2013 and the TPD has led to legislation becoming more relaxed

France: E-liquids are considered medical products and no e-liquid or e-cigarettes can be sold to those under 18

Germany: Vaping products cannot be sold to those under 18

Greece: Marketing of e-cigarettes is banned and no nicotine-containing products can be sold to those under 18

Ireland: Vaping is currently not covered by the country’s smoking ban but marketing activities are restricted

Italy: Nicotine-containing e-liquids and cartridges cannot be sold to those under 18 and fines can be anywhere from €200-2500

Liechtenstein: Vaping products cannot be sold to those under 16

Malta: Vaping products cannot be sold to those under 18. As of 2010 vaping products are considered tobacco products and regulated under the Tobacco (Smoking Control) Act

Norway: Nicotine-containing e-liquids and cartridges can only be imported from other EEA member states, for private use only

Romania: As of 2016 e-liquids have an excise duty

Spain: Vaping products cannot be sold to those under 18. The Spanish Ministry of Health has stated the additional regulations concerning the use and sale of e-cigarettes will be introduced

Sweden: Nicotine-containing e-liquids and cartridges cannot be sold to those under 18

Switzerland: Nicotine-free e-liquids and cartridges are unregulated. Nicotine-containing e-liquids cannot be sold within the country but can be imported from overseas for personal use

UK: Advertising and marketing is regulated and vaping products cannot be sold to those under 18

Strict Restrictions

Austria: Nicotine-containing e-liquid and e-cigarettes are classed as medicinal and cannot be sold without a license

Denmark: Nicotine-containing e-liquid is classed as medicinal and cannot currently be sold. However, nicotine-free e-liquids can be purchased

Finland: Nicotine-containing cartridges are prohibited but can be purchased from abroad for private use. Nicotine-free products can be purchased

Hungary: Nicotine-containing e-liquids and cartridges are no longer banned but are heavily regulated

Portugal: Vaping in public places is banned

Turkey: Vaping products cannot be imported via mail or courier and vaping is banned indoors and on public transport with a full ban for under 18s

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As you can see, the majority of European countries regulate e-cigarettes in some form but outright bans are few and far between, with the majority of regulations come in the form of restricting the sale and use of e-cigarettes for minors. With the TPD deadline fast approaching, it will be interesting to see how European regulations evolve over the coming months. As always, we’ll cover any breaking vaping news on our social media channels so don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with all things vaping.


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