E-cigarettes are subject to same restrictions as conventional smoking, high court decides

Electronic cigarettes fall under the same restrictions as cigarette smoking, the Council of State plenary ruled on Monday, including a ban on their use in public spaces, transportation and in advertisements.

Law 4410/2016 and related ministerial decisions on conventional smoking also affect e-cigarettes, Greece’s highest administrative court said in its decision 704/2018, rejecting a petition by the Association of Greek e-cigarette Businesses to cancel a series of decisions on its restricted use.

The court added that the association, which claimed it was financially harmed, may file a lawsuit for compensation by Greek courts for damages resulting from the application of law 4419.