Slovakia

Policy Summary: 

E-cigarettes are regulated by the Act of 25 November 2015 (No. 89/2016) on the Manufacture and Labeling of Tobacco Products and related Products and Amending Certain Acts, which classifies them as tobacco related products. The regulation contains a requirement to notify the Slovak Trade Inspection and the Ministry of Health prior to introducing a product to the market; notification requires compliance with a range of product specifications including on pack warnings. Manufacturers or importers must also submit an annual report to the Ministry of Health as specified in the law.

Retailers who want to engage in cross-border sales of e-cigarettes must register with the Slovak Trade Inspection and the competent authority in the Member State where actual consumers are located, and must not transact e-cigarettes via cross-border distance sale to consumers in member states where it is prohibited to do so.

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. Pack should contain a leaflet that includes, in addition to other things specified by law, a reference that the product is not recommended for use by young people and nonsmokers, a recommendation to keep the product out of the reach of children, and information on nicotine content. The warning “Tento výrobok obsahuje nikotín, ktorý je vysoko návykovou látkou” (“This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance.”) must appear on 30% of each of the two largest 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 if on cuboid packets, warning must be parallel to the lateral edge of the packaging. There are provisions that restrict the use of the packaging for advertisement or promotional purposes (e.g. pack must not contain misleading elements, including elements suggesting environmental, economic, health or lifestyle benefits).

E-cigarette advertising is restricted. Cross-border e-cigarette advertising and sponsorship is prohibited.

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Act of 25 November 2015 (No. 89/2016) on the Manufacture and Labeling of Tobacco Products and related Products and Amending Certain Acts (http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tobaccocontrollaws...)