Vaping Abroad: Countries That Ban Use, Sale, and Import of Vape Devices
As vaping became more mainstream on the world market, some countries have been resistant to vape products for a variety of reasons. Most of those reasons include misinformation about tobacco intake, alleged health risks, and risks associated with vaping products. As a result, some countries have applied laws that restrict e-cigarettes, while others have outright banned the use and sale of vapor products.
Before traveling around the world, it’s good to know the countries where you can happily enjoy your vape products and which are best to avoid.
Here’s a list of countries that have banned the sale or use of vape products:
Brunai made the sale of e-cigs illegal in 2010 for being an “imitation tobacco product.” The illegalization carried with it heavy fines ($300 for a first offence and $500 for subsequent offences) for anyone caught using a vape device in a non-smoking area and up to $10,000 fine for the sale of vape products.
Cambodia banned e-cigs in 2014 because of a test that was supposedly carried out showing that they may be more harmful than tobacco, although there is a strong black market that exists in the country.
Singapore banned the sale, import, and use of e-cigs in 2010 because of their resemblance to tobacco products. Fines of as much as $5,000 can be given out as a result of the use of e-cigs.
Taiwan classified e-cigs as a regulated drug in 2009 with the penalty for selling vapor devices including potential prison time. This law includes other similar items like nicotine-free pens.
Thailand banned the importation of vaping devices and e-cigs in 2014, although possessing one is still legal.
Jordan banned all vaping devices in 2009 citing unsubstantiated evidence that e-cigs and vaping have an excessive amount of tobacco product.
Qatar has also banned all vape equipment citing similar, unsubstantiated evidence that it contains a dangerous amount of tobacco product. Both the sale and use have been banned entirely from the country.
United Arab Emirate has banned the import and sale of vape pens due to concerns that it would undermine local anti-smoking efforts and get a new, younger generation addicted to tobacco products.
Argentina banned the sale and importation of e-cigs in 2011 citing insufficient evidence of the product’s safety. The use of e-cigs have also been discouraged by the National Clinical Practice Guideline for Tobacco Cessation.
Brazil banned the sale, manufacture, and advertising of vape pens in 2014 due to health concerns. The national health and safety found that there was insufficient evidence of its safety.
Uraguay has banned the sale of vape products due to the use of ethylene glycol and nicotine and health concerns.
These are the main countries that have bans on vaping products. A lot of the bans are as a result of misinformation about health effects and allegations that vaping is worse than cigarettes. That simply is not true. In a number of studies, vaping and e-cigarettes are proven healthier and more inexpensive than cigarettes.
In other continents, like in North America and Europe, regulations on vaping are more comprehensive and usually limit sales to minors, similar to the regulations on cigarettes.
In Australia and New Zealand, regulations are still being formulated, though the extent to which they will eventually be regulated could vary widely between the neighboring countries.
For vapers looking to travel with their vape kits, it’s good to know the laws!