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Holiday travels: 21 nations with the toughest vaping laws

Halloween is over, and Black Friday sales events are just around the corner. As the holiday season kicks into high gear, traveling abroad with vaping gear comes with its share of potential troubles if you do not do your research in advance.

There are currently some 21 different nations worldwide that ban vaping to some degree, and a total of 68 countries with strict vaping regulations already in place. Some regions allow public vaping while others prohibit it. Some countries allow visitors to enter while transporting e-cigs and e-liquids while others will confiscate this personal property on-sight.

Some violators may be forced to pay hefty financial penalties while others may land in prison. It all depends on the nation that you plan on visiting during your holiday travels.

21 nations with the toughest vaping laws

In American, our vaping regulations are largely dictated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But across Europe and elsewhere, the World Health Organization (WHO) drives much of the conversation. While WHO supports vaping as a tool for tobacco harm reduction, the agency does not necessarily endorse electronic cigarettes as being completely harm-free.

Each nation interprets WHO’s advice according to their own federal policies, which results in a multitude of varying regulatory requirements. The below 21 nations have the most restrictive vaping regulations of all.

  • Argentina
  • Indonesia
  • Taiwan
  • Austria
  • Jordan
  • Tajikistan
  • Belgium
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Turkey
    • Brunei
    • Oman
  • United Arab Emirates
    • Columbia
    • Panama
  • Uruguay
    • Egypt
    • Singapore
  • Venezuela
  • In Thailand, for example, e-cigarettes are considered a regulated drug, and, therefore, both public and private vaping has been legally banned since 2014. First-time violators will likely have their vaping products confiscated, but repeat offenders can get prison time of up to ten years. Malaysia is another country that isn’t afraid to throw you in the Klink for traveling with vape mods.

    When doing your research, be aware that different nations have different age restrictions on vaping, too. And different countries have very different rules of social etiquette regarding public vaping, in particular. For example, Canada allows anyone over the age of 19 to buy or use vaping products, but they also consider it rude to blow clouds in public without first asking the owner of the establishment. For a complete list of vaping regulations by country, visit the Tobacco Control BMJ website. And have a happy holiday season!