Laws and regulations regarding e-cigarettes around the world are changing. Recently, Hong Kong banned vapes, while the United Arab Emirates has started to allow sale of e-cigarettes and vaping devices. If planning a trip and wanting to take a vape device along, it would be wise to check out the local laws of the destination.
The list below, compiled by BuyBest.com, covers popular travel destinations. Take a look at which country and state has legalized vaping in which is not.
Vaping in the United Kingdom is permitted. The UK is a strong supporter of e-cigarettes and one of the most progressive countries in the world in views towards e-cigarettes. Generally speaking, vaping is allowed wherever smoking is allowed in the UK and vape stores can be found in almost every town and city.
France also allows e-cigarettes. Indeed, this country competes with the UK for the largest number of vapers in Europe. One can vape safely wherever smoking is allowed in France. However, under the latest laws, the use of e-cigarettes on public transport or in areas where there are children is prohibited.
If there is one European country where e-cigarettes are booming, it is Germany. The country’s vaping industry grew by 40% in 2018 and will continue to grow, with profits expected to reach nearly €500 million in 2019.
E-cigarettes are also allowed in Italy, where there are a large number of vapers. However, at the end of 2017 some nasty tax laws were introduced, making e-cigarettes more expensive than cigarettes. Vaping is allowed anywhere smoking is allowed, but with many vape stores starting to close, buying vaping device locally may become more difficult.
Vaping in Spain is legal, but as elsewhere in Europe, is banned wherever smoking is not allowed, including enclosed public spaces and directly outside some public spaces like hospitals. There are also restrictions on buying e-liquids, so dedicated shops cannot be found there, and there are online sales restrictions too.
In mainland China, there are no restrictions on the sales and use of vape products, but regulators began looking into the issue last year. However, in Hong Kong, an autonomous region of the People’s Republic of China, vaping is illegal.
Japan allows the use of e-cigarettes but has banned e-cigarettes containing nicotine since 2010. Since Japan has no regulations on non-nicotine e-cigarettes, they are sold to both adults and minors.
E-cigarettes are banned in Singapore, where all vape products are illegal to buy, sell or use. Offenders are liable on conviction to a maximum fine of $5,000.
The sale and use of e-cigarettes are legal in South Korea, but heavily taxed. One can easily buy vaping products, but they are very expensive.
E-cigarettes are banned in Thailand. The maximum penalty for vaping is 10 years in prison.
The UAE allows the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping devices under its latest regulations. Manufacturers will be allowed to sell the battery-powered products as long as they meet new standards and carry health warnings similar to those of traditional cigarettes.
Vaping is currently permitted in the Philippines, although the Philippine Medical Association has recommended to different city governments to broaden their public places and transportation smoking bans to include e-cigarettes.
Vaping is allowed in Indonesia. But from 1 July 2018 the government was to impose a 57% excess tax on all e-liquids containing traces of tobacco.
In general, vaping is allowed in the United States, but where one can vape is different. Some states ban e-cigarettes indoors while some leave it to the discretion of the business owner and some have no bans at all.
Canada has no restrictions on e-cigarettes, which are 100% legal nationwide. There are some regional variations on where one can vape. For example, Vancouver bans use of e-cigarettes where smoking is prohibited. Toronto bans use of e-cigarettes in city work spaces.
In Australia, vaping is not banned, but the use of e-liquids containing nicotine is. Some states prohibit the purchase of e-cigarettes, but others don’t. Overall, it’s a pretty confusing picture, but Australia is not a good place for those who vape juices with nicotine.
New Zealand has been much more progressive in its attitude toward e-cigarettes, and has effectively legalised e-cigarettes and nicotine vaping products. Vape devices can be bought easily in New Zealand as vape shops are plentiful there.The Latest Vaping Laws & Regulations around the World
The Latest Vaping Laws & Regulations around the World