Vaping has long been an effective technique for people struggling with quitting smoking. People who have tried every trick in the book to help get rid of the bad habit have had very positive results with vaping. Hence, electronic cigarettes are increasingly gaining popularity, but what about vaping laws in different countries?
Vaporizers are not as easily accepted by the law in a lot of countries around the globe. Of course there are many countries that allow the practice completely, but there are also a lot of places like Brazil, Uruguay, Singapore and Seychelles where they are banned completely.
As of 2015, around 67% of major nations had imposed regulations on e-cigarettes and vaping in one form or the other.
Suffice it to say, vaping laws around the world are quire varied and distinct. Depending on their specific cultures and lifestyles, vaping is either considered a good thing or a bad thing.
So if you are someone who is a regular vaper and are looking to travel, you need to be aware of vaping laws in different countries because the last thing you want on your holiday is to end up in jail for ignorance.
So here is a quick overview of different vaping laws governing frequent and popular travel destinations around the world.
Generally, Canada is more of a liberal country when it comes to vaping and marijuana. However, the laws do vary greatly among the different provinces. If you are planning to travel to Canada, it would be best to look up specific laws that apply to the province that you are looking to travel to.
From a broad perspective, vaping is not usually allowed in places where cigarettes are not allowed. And you must be 19 years or older in order to be eligible to purchase products associated with vaping.
Greece is also a place where vaping laws are fairly liberal. But as of recent amendments, Greece is very likely to ban the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products in general. Hence, public vaping or use of e-cigarettes is not advisable.
Vaping laws in Australia are not quite favorable. E-cigarettes with nicotine content are strictly prohibited in the country. Hence, vapers in Australia are not allowed to purchase or import vaping products containing nicotine without a prescription. On the bright side though, e-cigarettes by themselves are not illegal. You can freely sell and use e-cigarettes that do not have nicotine in them anywhere in the country.
In the U.K, you can have quite a good life vaping, if you stick to private areas. Vaping and the use of vaping products are legal in the country; however, vaping in public places could land you a fine or sometimes even the confiscation of your vaping products. So you do need to be careful of where you are, and make sure it is not deemed a public place. There is one downside to vaping in the U.K though. As there are a lot of restrictions imposed on vaping products, you might have a difficult time buying the things you want. So you might want to make sure you are prepared before you go there.
France is a very common and popular travel destination and it is a country where vaping is legal. However, vaping in public is not encouraged. There are also restrictions imposed on carrying vaping products, including hardware and any other pieces, while travelling. You cannot vape while using public transportation or while in public buildings. On the bright side, there are not a lot of restrictions on the sale of vaping products throughout the country.
Vaping rules in China are a little complicated. From a general perspective, e-cigarettes are not entirely banned and it is considered legal to buy or use e-cigarettes. However, in certain areas there are strict prohibition rules and movements. For example, Hong Kong is a place that comes under the Chinese Special Administrative region.
There, nicotine is deemed as a Type 1 poison and for the same reason, it is illegal to even be in possession of the same. Hence, you might want to look at specific laws governing different states and territories in China before travelling to the place with a packet of nicotine.
The European country can be called a vaper’s haven, because not only is vaping legal in Italy, but people widely accept and often encourage the use of vaping products and the practice of vaping in general. This is because they believe the use of vaping products might bring down medical costs spent on treating diseases caused by smoking tobacco. Hence, if you want to vape freely without any worries, then Italy is the place for you.
That said, on a general note, it would be the best idea to stay away from public places while vaping, whichever country you choose to go to. It most cases vaping or smoking in public is either frowned upon or banned altogether.