SWITZERLAND: The ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors formalized by the FSVO.

SWITZERLAND: The ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors formalized by the FSVO.

The sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquid for vaping will be prohibited for those under the age of 18 in many points of sale in Switzerland. The players in the tobacco and e-cigarette trade thus decided on Wednesday during a round table.


The code of conduct will enter into force on October 1, 2018. It will be valid until the application in an indefinite future of a federal law, the Federal Office for Food Safety (FSVO) said on Tuesday, originally of the round table.

The signatories of the code ensure the ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes and vaping liquids to minors. They will refuse advertising, for example in places frequented by young people, demonstrations or in newspapers.

A previous code of conduct, produced the September 10 by the Swiss Vape Trade Association (SVTA), fixes a ban on the sale of liquid without nicotine to under 16s and objects and vaping products with nicotine to minors. Both are valid in parallel.


In particular signed the code developed by the round table, tobacco producers British American Tobacco, JT International, Philipp Morris, the sellers and e-cigarette associations Swiss Vape Trade Association (SVTA), City Vape, Sweetch, as well as retailers Coop, Denner, Lidl et Rate. Market players who have not adhered to one of the two codes are invited by the FSVO to become signatories.

The federal office is satisfied with the round table and the solution found. The priority is improving the protection of young people, he says.

The round table was convened following a decision of the Federal Administrative Court (TAF) following an appeal by the SVTA. This challenged the ban on liquids with nicotine for electronic cigarettes pronounced by the FSVO in 2015. The TAF in fact authorized the import and marketing of electronic cigarettes with nicotine from the EU and meeting the requirements of the 'EU or EEA.

The decision was not subject to any restrictions on the age of users or advertising. A federal bill presented by the Federal Council in December plans to standardize the rules between electronic cigarettes and tobacco products.

Electronic cigarettes would then be subject to similar regulations to conventional cigarettes in terms of age of sale, advertising and prohibition of smoking in public places.


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