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Traveling for the holidays? Learn which countries ban vaping.

For vapers planning to travel abroad for the holidays, they should first be aware of the unique vaping laws in existence in the country that they plan to visit.  Currently, some 21 different nations ban electronic cigarettes, and more than a few of them threaten to place violators in prison.   At the very least, vapers may be required to pay a rather hefty fine.  Meanwhile, several other countries place certain restrictions on vaping which may differ greatly from those in the United States. 

Some countries ban the sale of e-cigs and vaping technology while others do not restrict their possession.  Some countries ban nicotine-enhanced e-liquids, and others specifically allow only zero-nicotine products.  The primary reason for the varying laws is being driven by the World Health Organization (WHO), which suggests that vaping has the potential to be remarkable tool for tobacco harm reduction but falls short of claiming that they are totally harm-free.

Countries that currently ban vaping to some degree

In Thailand, vaping was banned in 2014.  Officials are far too willing to confiscate vaping products from tourists and issue a fine in the process.  Repeat offenders may be at risk of prison time for up to ten years.   When traveling to the United Arab Emirates, airport security may also seize vape mods and e-liquids, even if they are stored safely per USA-standards. And in Taiwan, e-cigs are considered a regulated drug, which also means potential prison sentences for violators. 


There are currently some 68 countries that either ban or restrict the use, sale, or import of electronic vaping products.  For a complete list of nations and their related vaping laws and restrictions, visit the Tobacco Control BMJ website.  However, agency also warns that the information posted from 2016 in constantly evolving, and the posted regulations can change at a moment’s notice.

“The team identified 68 countries that regulate e-cigarettes at the national level using a range of regulatory mechanisms including laws (new or amended), alerts, circulars, decisions, decrees, notifications, orders, ordinances, rulings and statements. The team identified 22 countries that regulate e-cigarettes using existing regulations; 25 countries that enacted new policies (including laws, rulings, decrees, orders or similar) to regulate e-cigarettes; 7 countries that made amendments to existing legislation and 14 countries that use a combination of new/amended regulations in combination with existing regulation.”

The below 21 nations currently have the strictest e-cig bans, but these may also change in the next few months as the holidays approach.

  • Argentina
  • Indonesia
  • Taiwan
  • Austria
  • Jordan
  • Tajikistan
  • Belgium
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Turkey
  • Brunei
  • Oman
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Columbia
  • Panama
  • Uruguay
  • Egypt
  • Singapore
  • Venezuela


Vaping etiquette is also a significant concern for traveling vapers.  For example, e-cigs are legal to persons over the age of 19 in Canada, and while it is allowed in many places, it is also often considered rude if the vaper does not ask for permission first





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