Believe it or not, but there are some countries and places which don’t allow vaping at all!
If you’re planning a vacation and taking your vaporizer, then it pays to spend a little bit of time doing some homework before you travel. You may be surprised, or not, to learn that there are some countries where vaping is not only frowned upon, it’s 100% illegal. While vaping is regulated heavily in some countries and banned in others, each country will have their own specific guidelines and laws which all travelers will need to be aware of.
Remember, ignorance of the law is no excuse and won’t help you if you get fined for vaping or have your vape equipment confiscated.
- Thailand — Vaping, e-cigarettes, and e-liquid are all illegal in Thailand. It’s illegal to vape and also import any vaping or vape accessories into the country. You could face fines or even jail time. The British Foreign Office went as far as to add a warning to their website advising travelers heading to Thailand about the rules regarding vaping.
- Cambodia, Lebanon, Philippines, and Vietnam — All of these Asian countries have followed Thailand’s lead when it comes to banning vaping and e-cigarettes. Be aware, you may see people vaping and selling e-cigarettes, but using them or buying them could lead to an arrest or on the spot fines.
- Argentina and Venezuela — These two South American countries both look down on the use of personal vaporizers, and the use of them in public could lead to heavy fines.
- Brazil — In 2014, Brazil banned the sale and importation of e-cigarettes and vaporizer in the country. If you get caught using them or importing them, you could have your vaping equipment confiscated and also be fined.
- Jordan, Oman, and Qatar — Have all banned the sale and use of e-cigarettes on the basis that nicotine is a poison and bad for your health. Interestingly enough, you can still buy and smoke traditional cigarettes.
- Australia — In Australia it’s legal to vape and buy vaporizers and e-cigarettes, but e-liquid which contains nicotine is illegal to sell or buy.
- Norway — Norway follows the same rules as Australia. You’re allowed to vape, but you’re not allowed to use nicotine or buy e-liquid with nicotine.
- Hong Kong — Hong Kong recently banned the sale of vaporizer, but vaping is still legal currently. This could change soon; however, as many experts see the ban on sales as the first step towards outlawing vaping.
- San Francisco — San Francisco has recently voted to ban the sales of e-cigarette and e-liquids. They have also banned online retailers from delivering e-liquids and vaporizers to addresses in the city.
- India — India is a little confusing, as the states inside India have different laws. Currently vaping is illegal in Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram and Maharashtra, but legal in other states in India.
Wherever you’re traveling in the world, it’s important that you do your homework before departing. Ignorance of the laws is no excuse. Take five minutes to check out the laws and regulations in the country or state you’re visiting and pack your vaping equipment carefully.