Other countries

In Australia, the Federal Department of Health and Ageing classifies every form of nicotine, except for replacement therapies and cigarettes, as a form of poison.[80][81] However, in the state of Victoria, the Therapeutic Goods Administration said there were no laws preventing the importation of e-cigarettes bought over the internet for personal use, unless prohibited by state and territory legislation.[82] In Brazil, the sale, importation and advertisement of any kind of electronic cigarettes are forbidden. The Brazilian health and sanitation federal agency, Anvisa, found the current health safety assessments about e-cigarettes not to be yet satisfactory to make the product eligible to be approved for commercialization.[83] In Canada, as of March 2009, the import, sale, and advertising of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine are banned in Canada, while non-nicotine e-cigs are legal and may be sold and advertised. Health Canada advised Canadian consumers not to purchase or use any electronic smoking products, cited prohibition of electronic smoking products containing nicotine in the Food and Drugs Act; no market authorization has been granted for any electronic smoking product.[37] In China, the sale and use of electronic cigarettes are legal. In Hong Kong the sale and possession of nicotine-based electronic cigarette, classified as a Type I Poison, is govered under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance. Sale or possession is not authorized and both considered are punishable with a fine of up to HK$100,000 and/or a prison term of 2 years. However, the law does not cover any non-nicotine inhaler.[84] In Ireland, the sale and use of electronic cigarettes is legal. In India, the use of electronic cigarettes is currently legal. Under the Indian Health Law of 2006, tobacco smoking has been banned in public; though since e-cigarettes avoid the use of tobacco, they do not fall under this law.[85] In Lebanon, the council of ministers has banned

he sale and use of electronic cigarettes starting 21 September 2011.[citation needed] In Mexico, the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks, informed that according to Mexican Law, the selling and promotion of non-tobacco objects that include elements generally identified with tobacco products, are forbidden.[86] In Nepal, under the law of cigarette the use and sale of e cigarette is permitted. In New Zealand, the Ministry of Health has ruled that the Ruyan e-cigarette falls under the requirements of the Medicines Act, and cannot be sold except as a registered medicine. Since the ruling, Ruyan has obtained registration, and sale is currently allowed in pharmacies. In Pakistan, the import and sale of electronic cigarettes is legal, but Pakistan Medical and Dental council categorizes the current health safety assessments about e-cigarettes not to be yet satisfactory. In Panama, importation, distribution and sale have been prohibited since June 2009. The Ministry of Health cites the FDA findings as their reason for the ban.[87] In Singapore, the sale and import of electronic cigarettes, even for personal consumption, is illegal. According to Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan, electronic cigarettes were the industry's attempt to attract new users and were marketed to appeal to younger customers, including women.[88] In South Korea, the sale and use of electronic cigarettes are legal, but heavily taxed. Possessing electric cigarettes among teenagers is a problem.[89] In Switzerland, sale of nicotine-free electronic cigarettes is legal. Use and import of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is legal, though they cannot be sold in Switzerland.[90] As of December 2011 the tobacco tax does not apply to e-cigarettes and respective liquids containing nicotine anymore.[91] In the United Arab Emirates, sale and import of electronic cigarettes, even for personal consumption, is illegal. Items will be confiscated upon arrival.