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Denmark: Ban on E-Cigarettes for Minors Considered

(Mar. 9, 2015) The Danish Parliament is now considering a proposal to tighten regulations on the purchase of electronic cigarettes and vape pens. Under the legislation being considered, Denmark would outlaw the sale of these products to children under the age of 18. According to Nick Haekkerup, the Minister of Health, such devices act as a “training tool” and lead to the smoking of traditional cigarettes. (Luna Finnsson, Danish Government to Ban Under 18s from Buying E-Cigarettes, ICE NEWS (Mar. 3, 2015).) As of 2013, over 150,000 Danes smoked e-cigarettes on a regular basis; 79% favor banning their sale to minors. (Id.)

The proposed rules will be parallel to those for the sale of regular tobacco products. In addition to the age restriction on sales, smoking e-cigarettes will be banned wherever any smoking is banned, and advertising will also be forbidden. (Id.)

Denmark adopted a law in 2007 making workplaces, schools, public transit facilities, and many other public places smoke-free. Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking areas of workplaces, restaurants, and bars. There is an exemption for private offices and bars smaller than 40 square meters in size, as well as for long-term care and psychiatric care institutions. (Denmark, AMERICANS FOR NON-SMOKERS’ RIGHTS (last visited Mar. 9, 2015); Act No. 512 of 6 June 2007, Smoke-Free Environments Act, Danish Maritime Authority website.)