Regulatory reports / Asia

All of our full-length regulatory reports that cover Asia can be found on this page. These reports provide a detailed and comprehensive overview of individual Asian countries’ regulations and restictions in relation to e-cigs. In addition to a general outline of the regulatory landscape for the country, more specific regulations such as product restrictions or taxation are also covered.

Regulatory report: Japan

10th May 2021 | Regulatory reports |

This report provides an overview of the current laws and restrictions around e-cigs in Japan, focusing on areas such as advertising, labelling and packaging, age and product restrictions, taxation and enforcement

Regulatory report: India

5th May 2021 | Regulatory reports |

This report explains the ambiguities and contradictions in e-cigarette regulation in India, where the sale, import and manufacture of vapour products have officially been banned since December 2019

Regulatory report: Taiwan

15th April 2021 | Regulatory reports |

Import, manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes and their components are banned in Taiwan. This report provides an overview of all national and regional regulation

Regulatory report: Qatar

23rd December 2020 | Regulatory reports |

This report explores the possible regulatory framework should Qatar decide to follow its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members in legalising e-cigarettes

Regulatory report: Indonesia

15th December 2020 | Regulatory reports |

The Indonesian government says it is working on a national standard for e-cigarettes which may be put forward in 2021. This report outlines the rules that currently apply to vapour products and how they may change

Regulatory report: Malaysia

25th November 2020 | Regulatory reports |

Nicotine-containing products still come under the pharmaceutical regime in Malaysia, and the lack of enforcement allows a black market to flourish. This report provides an overview of the current regulatory regime

Regulatory report: Saudi Arabia

23rd November 2020 | Regulatory reports |

E-cigarettes are regulated in Saudi Arabia in a similar way to Europe, as most of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) technical requirements have been implemented. This report covers the current regime in the country

Regulatory report: Bahrain

29th October 2020 | Regulatory reports |

In October 2020, the (GSO) told ECigIntelligence that the draft regulating electronic cigarettes is currently in its final stage and it is expected to be adopted by the end of 2020 or in the first quarter of 2021

Regulatory report: Singapore

20th October 2020 | Regulatory reports |

It is prohibited to sell, use, possess for sale, import or distribute imitation tobacco products including e-cigarettes and e-cigarettes devices in Singapore. This report covers all areas of regulation for e-cigs in Singapore

Regulatory report: Israel

14th October 2020 | Regulatory reports |

E-cigarettes are regulated in Israel as smoking products and as such are subject to the same regulation as combustible cigarettes. This report offers an overview of the current regulatory framework

Regulatory report: Kazakhstan

7th September 2020 | Regulatory reports |

Kazakhstan adopted regulation for e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products in July 2020, when the legal framework mostly equalised regulation of e-cigarettes with the regulation of tobacco products

Regulatory report: Vietnam

3rd September 2020 | Regulatory reports |

While there is currently limited regulation, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health is working on a proposed total ban on e-cigarettes. This report provides information on both current and possible future regulation

Regulatory report: Philippines

11th August 2020 | Regulatory reports |

E-cigarettes were largely unrestricted in the Philippines until late 2019 , when strict regulation was established for both e-cigarettes and heated tobacco. This report covers all current regulation for e-cigarettes in the country

Regulatory report: Turkey

24th December 2019 | Regulatory reports |

E-cigarette products containing nicotine cannot be currently sold in Turkey without a pharmaceutical licence from the Ministry of Health, although none have been granted so far