Swiss vape trade opts for a self-imposed ban on sales to kids

Fifty Swiss e-cigarette manufacturers and sellers have voluntarily banned sales of vaping products to under-18s and advertising aimed at minors.

Switzerland currently has no federal minimum legal age for buying or using e-cigarettes – a situation expected to end in 2022 when a new Tobacco Act should come into force.

If approved, the Swiss Tobacco Product Control Act (known as LPTab) will establish a framework for all products with and without nicotine, including e-cigs.

In the meantime, 20 producers and 30 independent retail outlets have signed up to the Swiss Vape Trade Association (SVTA)’s code of conduct.

The SVTA launched its own code, which came into force on 1st October, after the Swiss Federal Administrative Court overturned in April a ban on the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes from the EU and compliant with EU rules.


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