Countries That Have Banned or Placed Heavy Restrictions on Vaping
Over the past decade, e-cigarettes have become more and more popular. It is an alternative to smoking, and a bona fide nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for those trying to cut down on their nicotine intake or quit smoking altogether. However, some countries still have issues with either the use, possession or selling of e-cigarettes and/or e-liquid due in part to the World Health Organization (WHO), which believes that the process of heating e-juice “may contribute to the formation of toxicants in the emissions” and produced an influential report in 2014. If you are traveling abroad, it is important to know the countries where vaping is heavily restricted or banned altogether.
The following is a list of countries where vaping is currently banned:
Argentina: Vaping has been banned in Argentina since 2011. You cannot legally purchase, sell or import e-cigarettes and even nicotine-free e-cigarettes are banned.
Brazil: The Brazilian government banned the manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in 2014. Fines have been known to be handed out for any product confiscated.
Brunei: E-cigarettes have been illegal in Brunei in 2010. Anyone caught using a vaping device in a no-smoking area can be fined. Personal use is not specifically outlawed but travellers are advised to exercise caution.
Cambodia: E-cigarettes have been banned since 2014.
Egypt: While there are lots of grey areas surrounding the law, e-cigarettes have been banned since 2015 and they can be confiscated at customs.
India: E-cigarettes are banned in six states, including Jammu, Kashmir, Karnataka, Punjab, Maharashtra, and Kerala. The laws are strictly enforced in these states.
Indonesia: Although travellers have reported that e-cigarettes are openly available for purchase in tourist areas and a number of e-cigarette cafes openly operate in Bali, vaping is banned in Indonesia.
Jordan: E-cigarettes, including those without nicotine, have been banned since 2009.
Lebanon: E-cigarettes have been banned since 2016.
Oman: While some people report that personal use is still permitted, e-cigarettes have been banned since 2012.
Qatar: E-cigarettes have been banned since 2014 and cannot be brought into the country.
Malaysia: The laws around vaping in Malaysia can be confusing for travellers. While there is no nationwide ban on vaping, the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri, Terengganu and Sembilan have banned their sale. Vaping is illegal in parks, gas stations and public buildings in Selangor and could result in a fine or up to two years in prison.
Mexico: E-cigarettes are banned as anything that resembles a tobacco product but is not a tobacco product cannot be sold or imported in Mexico.
Norway: All products containing nicotine are banned in Norway. However, Norwegians can import e-cigarettes if they have a medical note to prove that they need them to quit smoking. Travellers cannot bring e-cigarettes into the country.
Panama: Despite reports that the personal use of e-cigarettes are generally tolerated, the importation and sale of e-cigarettes is illegal and they can be confiscated.
Philippines: E-cigarettes are banned and anyone caught breaking the law can face up to four months in prison.
Singapore: All vaping devices, supplies and accessories have been illegal to buy, sell or use since 2010. E-cigarettes can be confiscated at customs and are considered contraband, and you will be fined.
Taiwan: E-cigarettes are classified as a regulated drug and their import and sale can lead to prison sentences and fines.
Thailand: Thailand has some of the harshest vaping laws in the world. If you’re caught with an e-cigarette you could be fined and potentially face a prison sentence of up to ten years.
Turkey: E-cigarettes are banned in Turkey and there have been reports of e-cigarettes and accessories confiscated from travellers at customs.
United Arab Emirates: The sale and import of e-cigarettes is illegal. The product will be confiscated at the airport if travellers attempt to bring it into the country.
Uruguay: The sale of e-cigarettes has been illegal since 2009.
Venezuela: While travellers have reported being able to vape in some public places, the purchase and sale of e-cigarettes is banned in Venezuela. Be aware that fines can be given on the spot.
Source: Lonely Planet
Vietnam: Vaping has been recently banned in Vietnam and harsh punishments can be enforced.
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Before you travel, make sure you familiarize yourself with the countries and regions with strict vaping laws. It could mean the difference between a having a fun time, or doing hard time.
*Since research has been done, some countries may have been added or taken of both lists. Please exercise extreme caution when traveling.*