If you are going to be travelling outside of the UK you need to know if you are permitted to vape at your destination or should be left at home.
The law varies from country to country
As e cigarettes are still relatively new but in many countries they may be classed as smoking tobacco. Before you set off abroad take time to do a little research and determine whether you can safely vape in your intended destination. For example, Singapore has very strict laws when it comes to smoking, and you could be fined or have your e cigereette confiscated if caught vaping in public.
Vaping on a Plane
Every airline will enforce its own regulations regarding e cigarettes many have stated that vaping on board is not allowed. This does not meanthat you can’t fly with your e cig the airlines regulations may state whether your e cigarette goes in the hold or whether you can pop it in your carry-on luggage, remember that if you are travelling with e liquid the same general liquid restrictions will apply across the board (100ml at time of this article)
Whilst travelling, you may find that language is a barrier, it's best that when you see a no-smoking sign you apply it to vaping as well. Trying to explain to someone that e cigarettes are not the same as tobacco may be a fruitless pursuit if you don’t speak the same language
Taking your vaping gear abroad may be illegal, so check the rules before you leave
South America, Argentinian and Venezuelan officials frown on personal vaporisers. While travellers have reported being able to vape in some public places, be aware that you may be fined.
Brazil are also warned off smoking e-cigarettes - the country banned their manufacture and sale in 2014 and officials have been known to hand out fines for any product confiscated
UAE, Jordan, Oman and Qatar have banned e-cigarettes, with the reasoning that nicotine is damaging to the health
In Taiwan, e-cigarettes are classed as a regulated drug, meaning their import and sale can lead to prison sentences and fines
Cambodia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore have also banned vaping.
Vaping was banned in the Thailand in 2014, according to the Foreign Office, any e-cigarettes found by Thai officials are likely to be confiscated, and the owner could fined or sent to prison for up to ten years.
In Brunei you could be fined up to £200.
Australia it is legal to use vape pens in all states however in Queensland, e-cigarettes which contain liquid nicotine are illegal.
Finland, a new law has now enabled building associations and owners to ban smoking on balconies and other outdoor spaces.
Hong Kong, possessing or selling e-cigarette liquid containing nicotine, which is categorised as a poison, carries a potential penalty of up to two years in prison and a large fine.
Japan allows vaping, but it is illegal to buy and sell liquid containing nicotine and visitors can only import 120ml of nicotine into the country.
Canada, vaping is prohibited for under 19-year-olds. And while it is allowed in many establishments, it is seen as rude not to ask first.
Beware of Unsafe Products
If you are travelling and suddenly realise you need cartridges or e liquids, careful what you buy. Order them from a reputable online store that will deliver rather than trusting a product that may not be safe, regulated or legitimate. As vaping is so popular, there are plenty of counterfeit products that have made their way on to the market
Your e cig is lightweight, portable and very satisfying, and simply by being informed, you should be able to travel with your device and enjoy using it in another country
(Disclaimer - This is correct at time of publication however this should not be taken a reliable source. Please check independently the laws of the country you are visiting before entering)