Policy Summary: 

E-cigarettes are described as “electronic smoking devices”. The regulation contains a requirement to notify the Health Inspectorate prior to introducing a product to the market and notification requires compliance with a range of product specifications including on pack warnings. The Health Inspectorate must also be notified when a new product is to be introduced into the market.

Cross-border and national distance sales or purchase of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes is prohibited. Nicotine content of e-liquid must be less than or equal to 20mg/mL. Single use e-cigarettes as well as e-cigarette tanks must not exceed 2mL, and volume of refill bottles must not exceed 10mL. E-liquid should not contain certain additives, and only high quality ingredients should be used in their manufacture. Except for nicotine, only ingredients that do not pose a risk to human health in heated or unheated form can be used in the nicotine-containing e-liquid. E-cigarettes must be able to deliver a dose of nicotine at a consistent level under normal conditions of use.

E-cigarettes and refill containers should be child- and tamper-proof, protected against breakage and leakage, and have a mechanism that ensures filling without leakage. Product packaging must contain health warnings and constituent information as specified in the law. The warning “Šis izstrādājums satur nikotīnu, kas ir stipru pieradumu izraisoša viela” (“This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance.”) must appear on 30% of each of the two major surfaces of the unit packaging and any other packaging; must be in black Helvetica bold font on a white background; text must be centralized, occupy the greatest possible proportion of the area reserved for it, and be parallel to the main text on the surface reserved for the warning. There are provisions that restrict the use of the packaging for advertisement or promotional purposes.

E-cigarette advertising is permitted in print media directed exclusively at professionals engaged in marketing e-cigarettes/tobacco products, as well as publications printed and published in non-EU countries; however, advertisements on electronic media is prohibited. Promotion of e-cigarettes (e.g. through distribution of free samples) is prohibited. Cross-border e-cigarette advertising and sponsorship is prohibited.

Tax on e-liquid is 0.01 euro per mL and about 0.005 euros per 1mg of nicotine. There is also a 21% Value Added Tax (VAT) of the final retail price.

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