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E-cigarettes can be classified either as medicinal products or as tobacco surrogates. A regulation bans the import and sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, but if the products are classified as medicines, they may be imported for private use. Non-nicotine e-cigarettes cannot be sold to persons under 18 years, and cannot be advertised or displayed at points of sale (Tobacco Control Act). As a consequence of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive, the government has proposed a bill to subject e-cigarettes to a registration system and certain quality requirements—the new law is expected to come into force in 2019. E-cigarette use in all public venues and transport vehicles, restaurants and bars and at schools is prohibited under the smoking ban.

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