International Vaping Laws

Vaping | 30 October 2017
Victoria McDowellby Victoria McDowell

When you’re packing for a trip, you’ve got a lot on your mind. You might be updating your insurance and locating your passport but you’d never think your vape could be illegal or prohibited in your intended destination.

Considering the ever growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, it’s likely that vaping laws around the world will catch out some unsuspecting travelers. There’s the risk of having your vape confiscated, incurring a fine or in some cases even a prison sentence.

But don’t panic. We’ve made a list of places to look out for, so you can check out the legality.

For America’s current regulations, click here.

As for the rest of the world…

Where can’t you vape:

Argentina
The import, manufacture, and sale of e-cigs is banned. Simple as that.

Brazil
In Brazil, the use, manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes is banned.

Brunei
Vaping is banned and if you’re caught vaping in Brunei, you could be fined up to £200.

Cambodia
Vaping is banned.

Hong Kong
Considering that most of the e-cigs in the world are made in China,  just North of Hong Kong, their stance on e-cigs is quite surprising. In Hong Kong, the use of e-cigs containing nicotine is banned. So you can vape but it has to be zero nicotine. Nicotine free. Sans Nicotine. You get the picture.

Japan
The use of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes is also banned here. Go figure.

Jordan
Regular cigarettes are legal. But their electronic counterparts have been banned completely.

Qatar
Regular cigarettes are fine but e-cigs are forbidden.

Singapore
Look out for this one. Being caught with an e-cig in Singapore could land you with a hefty fine or even a prison sentence.

Thailand
In Thailand, e-cigarettes are banned completely, you could be punished with a confiscation or even ten years in a squalid prison.

Turkey
Turkey’s law are just good manners, vaping is prohibited indoors and on public transport. We can live with that. 

United Arab Emirates
UAE prevents vaping paraphernalia being brought into the country by confiscating it at the airport. But keep in mind that e-cigs are banned and getting caught with one might lead to severe punishments.

Finally,

Uruguay
Uruguay has a total ban on vaping and e-cigarettes.

In the wise words of Richard Hyslop, Chief Executive of the Independent British Vape Trade Association: “Instead of criminalising vaping and vapers, governments across the world should be embracing the tremendous opportunities vaping provides, in terms of offering smokers a significantly less harmful alternative to smoked tobacco. Until such a time, vapers from the UK, to avoid falling foul of the law, should make themselves aware of the regulations relating to vaping in any countries they visit.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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