If you’re planning a trip away – and not to a prison cell –read on to check the law regarding vaping at your holiday destination.
A Guide to Vaping Abroad
If you’ve made the switch from smoking to vaping, you can rest assured that you have made an excellent decision to improve your health. However, while the health benefits of vaping set it apart from smoking regular tobacco, e cigarettes do come with their own set of rules. Therefore, if you’re planning a holiday abroad and want to avoid getting in any trouble, you’ll need to be aware of the e cigarette laws at your vacation destination.
To make finding out about these restrictions a lot easier, and give yourself some much-needed recuperation time, read on for the ultimate guide of different vaping laws around the world:
Is vaping illegal in certain countries?
Although vaping is accepted to be a healthier alternative to smoking, in some countries this healthier solution isn’t allowed. The penalty for vaping differs between countries; therefore, it is a good idea to check the laws before you pack up your vape pen and jet off. You may be surprised to learn that heat not burn products are only permitted in 19 countries worldwide!
Vaping laws in America should not cause you too much trouble. Depending on which part of the USA you are visiting, you may have to restrict your vaping to outdoors, as it illegal to use your e cig indoors in some states including New Jersey, North Dakota and California. This means it is important to read up on e cigs online to find where your destination state stands on vaping indoors.
In some states you can sell and advertise vaping products as long as they comply with the US Food & Drug Administration’s cigarette advertising regulations. There are conditions on selling these products to youths and those under 21, but these vary from state to state, so it is always best to check in the area you are visiting. As e-cigs do not contain tobacco, TV advertising of them, is not restricted.
While Australia has previously had conflicting laws concerning e cigarettes, as it stands currently the benefits of vaping seem to be taken into consideration.When visiting Australia, you can vape in every state except Queensland, unless you are vaping liquid without nicotine. It is also illegal to sell or supply e cigarettes in Western Australia, although it is not illegal to use them there.
In most countries throughout Europe, there are no laws regarding vaping, making it easy to obtain and use the beneficial devices. However, in certain countries such as Switzerland and Norway you can only purchase nicotine free e liquid as selling liquid with nicotine is banned. However, you can import150ml of nicotine liquid from another EEA state.
In the Netherlands you can purchase vaping products, however it’s illegal to display e cigarette advertising. In Finland, nicotine cartridges with over 10mg of nicotine are illegal; although anything below is fine. A newly established law means that building associations and owners can ban vaping on balconies and other outdoor spaces. Whilst in Austria and Denmark they are regulated as medicinal devices and can only be used accordingly.
In Brazil, vaporisers strictly cannot be used, sold or advertised. Anybody who is caught using an e cigarette in Brazil will see their device confiscated and can be faced with a large fine, meaning it is best to leave your vape pen at home if you are visiting.
In other countries the repercussions can be more serious. Hong Kong is looking to ban e-cigarettes altogether next year, after deeming e-liquid containing nicotine as illegal and classified as a Type I Poison. You can face up to two years in prison if you’re caught with a device here. As well as this, you could be hit with a fine of up to HK$100,000, or over £9,000! In Thailand, taking vaping devices into the country can carry a potential punishment of up to a hefty 10 years imprisonment, as they were banned in 2014. Heat not burn products have been known to help people quit smoking but are banned in Singapore, with a full ban on e cigarettes expected soon.
While switching to vaping can have a huge positive impact on your life, as laws prevent them from being used elsewhere, it’s important to take these points on board when you’re globetrotting. This will help to ensure that you don’t face a serious punishment, and instead, will keep safe while traveling and while enjoying your trip away.