Traveling Vaper: A Guide To Vaping Laws Around the World
While some may prefer to vape exclusively at home, most of us like to keep our vape gear with us when we’re on the move. Whether it be flying to Tokyo on a business trip, visiting Big Ben in London, or taking a road trip across the country, keeping your handy mod with you can make your experience better. We traveling vapers, though, have to be aware that vaping laws are still quite sensitive and new, and they can be quite confusing depending on where you are. So, in order to help you out, here’s a quick guide to vaping laws in different areas across the world. This way, you’ll understand what precautions to take and whether or not you should be vaping out on the streets.
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For a long time, the UK, France, Spain, and other major European countries have been some of the most populous vaping communities in the world. Similar to most United States localities, where you can smoke, you can vape. Exceptions apply to three main sectors also found in the US: businesses, public transport, and public buildings.
At businesses, the rules really depend upon the business itself. Most local business owners don’t care if you vape in front of their store, but would prefer if you kept it outside. Your best bet if you are unsure of whether or not you can vape is to just ask. But, the general rule of thumb is to keep away from vaping inside a business; unless, of course, it’s a vape shop.
For transit, vaping is banned on all public transportation systems, including the London Underground. While most railway systems don’t strictly enforce these laws, you’ll likely be politely asked to stop. We recommend just refraining from vaping on trains and platforms altogether in Europe, unless otherwise stated.
Finally, vaping is also banned in public buildings. You can’t vape in libraries, banks, or any other public site.
Ultimately, just be conscious that if you can’t smoke somewhere, you probably can’t vape.
Vaping in Asia is a little confusing, as each country is quite unique in their regulations.
China is a bit more lenient than the US and the UK, so you don’t have to worry much about vaping here. Again, it is still best to always ask business owners, as well as other people, if it is okay that you vape.
In Hong Kong, you have to make sure you keep away from vaping altogether, as the sale and possession of any nicotine-based e-cigarette is prohibited and can result in a fine of up to 100,000 HKD ($12,853) and/or a prison term of 2 years.
In India, there is no classification of nicotine as a poison and most stores sell e-cigarettes. Therefore, vaping regulations here are pretty lenient and really aren’t enforced. Although, it still is best to make sure you ask any business owner if it’s okay that you vape. Also, India is considering a nationwide ban on vapor products, so search for updates if this is a planned destination.
In Japan, there’s a company known as Japan Tobacco Inc. that had a <a href=“https://www.reddit.com/r/electronic_cigarette/comments/3enkua/vaping_in_japan/”>law passed</a> restricting e-cigarette and e-liquid production to only their products, granting them a monopoly. While the use of e-cigarettes is not penalized, it’s quite hard to stick to because of the lack of vaping supplies available. If you’re visiting, it shouldn’t be a problem, just make sure you pack some extra supplies. Vaping while living there, though, is quite the chore.
North America and the United States:
Laws in the United States on e-cigarettes have been enacted in a similar fashion as most tobacco products. Although this is so, state regulations are still able to enact their own laws, granted that they follow basic federal guidelines. Most states prohibit sales to minors, based on their respective minor age mark. The general rules on businesses, public transit, and public locations, found in the Europe section, also apply in the US.
In Canada, e-cigarettes remain mostly unregulated. Technically, they are illegal to sell, as any nicotine e-liquid is considered illegal by Canada Health, but the regulation is generally unenforced and vaping supplies can be found for sale throughout Canada. Most cities, like Vancouver and Toronto, have banned their use where smoking is prohibited, similar to the US and Europe.
In Mexico, a law forbade the selling and use of any non-tobacco products that included elements associated with tobacco, but that has since been overturned, limiting any restrictions on vape products.
All said, the best advice we can give is to be aware of where you are when you vape. This guide should serve as a simple way to understand official regulations, but you should still always ask around and make sure you can vape in the country you are visiting, even if it seems like there are no regulations whatsoever.
Be courteous, be conscious, and be smart. By doing this, vaping will be seen in a more positive way across the globe.