What Is the Legal Age to Vape in Different Countries?

What Is the Legal Age to Vape in Different Countries
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What Is the Legal Age to Vape in Different Countries?

The government needs to get control of vaping and e-cigs, especially where it involves children.

There are 98 countries that have national/federal laws regulating e-cigarettes including rules related to the sale (including minimum age), advertising, promotion, sponsorship, packaging (child safety packaging, health warning labeling and trademark), product regulation (nicotine volume/concentration, safety/hygiene, ingredients/flavors), reporting/notification, taxation, use (vape-free) and classification of e-cigarettes.

There are age restrictions on the purchase of e-cigarettes in 32 countries, mostly the US, Canada, and European countries. Most of them set the age limit at 18.

The EU’s Directive does not set out any age limit, which is subject to the national law of individual EU member states. Most EU member states allow retailers to sell e-cigarettes and HTPs to those aged 18 or above, except in Belgium where the minimum age is 16 years old.

Biggest markets for vape and its regulations:

  1. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The US is an early adopter of e-cigarettes, with regulations currently in place governing the ingredient, packaging, sale, advertisement, and sponsorship of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes can only be sold to persons aged 18 or above.

  1. THE EUROPEAN UNION

The EU has set out a comprehensive regulatory framework for both e-cigarettes and HTPs, and South Korea has recently amended its legislation to regulate these two novel products.

  1. HONG KONG (special consideration for vape in Hong Kong )

At present, there is no specific legislation governing e-cigarettes or HTPs in Hong Kong. Nevertheless, e-cigarettes and tobacco products containing more than 0.1% of nicotine are categorized as poisons and are considered pharmaceutical products under the Pharmacy and Poisons.

As such, they must be registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong for sale or distribution, and can only be legally possessed or sold by licensed medicine dealers, including licensed wholesale dealers and authorized sellers of poisons. Illegal possession or sale of toxins or unregistered pharmaceutical products is an offense and may be liable to a maximum fine of HK$100,000 and imprisonment for up to two years.

  1. SOUTH KOREA

Vaping of e-cigarettes and HTPs are not allowed in public places covered by the smoke-free policy. These places include most indoor workplaces, government buildings, restaurants, parks, theatres, hospitals, schools, and public transport facilities and designated cultural heritage.

E-cigarettes and HTPs can only be sold to persons aged 19 or above.

If you want to find out more on specific details on the vaping age regulations around the globe, visit Veppo for more, especially regarding the legal age limit for vaping.

A short review on vaping and use of-of e-cigarettes (what you need to know)

Vaporizers and electronic cigarettes were invented as an alternative to smoking, if you are searching for a replacement, try switching to electronic cigarettes or vaporizers.

The e-cigarette allows you to take a few puffs and put it away for another time. You may naturally smoke less because of this. Also, the electronic cigarette does not sit in an ashtray burning your money when not in use.

What do you need to know about E-liquid?

E-liquids are arguably the most critical part of the vaping experience. After all, without e-liquids, there’d be nothing to vape. But there’s still confusion as to what precisely an e-liquid is.

E-liquids are the fluids used to deliver nicotine to a vaper. Unlike traditional cigarettes, which burn tobacco to generate the nicotine, e-cigarettes don’t burn anything. Instead, e-cigs heat e-liquids to produce a water-based vapor that can be inhaled and exhaled.

Is vaping safe?

Throughout the article, we have found out that regulations on vaping may vary from country to country. E-cigarettes are freely available in the UK, and the US, but are banned or restricted in some countries, including Norway, Brazil, Singapore, and Australia, etc.. The bottom line is that no one knows whether there are long-term risks associated with e-cigarettes.

The clinical regulator, NICE, makes the point that as e-cigarettes have only been on the market for about a decade, there is no authoritative research yet available. It may take several more years for such research to emerge which can show beyond a doubt that vaping does not affect users’ lungs or other aspects of their health.

At smoking cessation clinics some local authorities suggest vaping, but others don’t. The committee also wants to see more e-cigarette brands cleared for medicinal use. More research is needed to understand the long-term effects of e-cigarettes better after early research on lung cells in the lab suggested that the vapor may not be completely safe.

But there is general agreement among public health experts, doctors and scientists that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than regular cigarettes containing tobacco.

With further research development on vaping, we believe that countries will relax about their stance on e-cigarettes.

by Sam Hoffman

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