Switzerland regulatory report: specific e-cig regulation proposed



  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Regulatory landscape
  • National regulatory framework
  • Age restrictions
  • Product restrictions
  • Labelling and packaging
  • Obligation to notify
  • Retail channels restrictions
  • Public usage
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Taxation
  • Enforcement
  • Sanctions
  • Selected relevant case law
  • Relevant laws and texts
  • Relevant bodies
  • Prohibited ingredients


No single federal law currently regulates e-cigarettes in Switzerland. Since 2014, a draft federal tobacco products law has been under preparation by the Swiss government, but the first draft was rejected by the Federal Assembly in 2016. After re-working the draft, the Federal Council published a revised version on 8th December 2017, opening up a period for public consultation which closed on 23rd March 2018. Any law, if adopted, would not come into force before 2022 due to the lengthy Swiss lawmaking process, including final vote by referendum.

We compare the current regulation to future regulation based on fresh proposals for regulation of e-cigarettes and HnB products, in a country that is in Europe but outside the EU.



Number of pages: 15

Photo: Dennis Jarvis

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