With vaping, a routine part of UK life it’s easy to forget that some countries aren’t quite so tolerant of this thriving subculture. But don’t let complacency land you in hot water when you travel. Failure to adhere to local laws could cause you serious problems.
Pat Waterton, manager of Langley Travel, told travelweekly.co.uk how her nephew was fined £125 after being caught vaping in Thailand. According to the Foreign Office website, it could’ve been a lot worse:
“These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted.”
We scoured the internet for information on vaping laws in popular travel destinations. Here’s what we found.
Australian vaping laws are possibly the most confusing and contradictory in the world and they vary state-by-state.
According to the Australian Government website, in Queensland it is:
“An offence for a person to manufacture, obtain, possess, prescribe, dispense, sell, advertise, use or destroy nicotine, unless the person is specifically authorised or holds an approval under the HDPR. This includes importing electronic cigarettes containing nicotine for personal or therapeutic use. The maximum penalty is $9,108.”
Sale, importation and use of e-cigarettes is illegal in the United Arab Emirates. Your equipment may be confiscated at the border.
Possession and use of nicotine-based vape products is punishable by a fine of up to HK$100,000 and/or a two-year prison term.
While it’s legal to use e-cigarettes, use of products made outside of the country is considered importation, which is illegal and could result in a fine of up to $5000 for a first offence.
Importation or use of e-cigarettes is illegal and could lead to a fine or a prison sentence.
Vaping is prohibited indoors and on public transport.
Laws vary locally and by state. In Seattle, public e-cigarette smoking is prohibited. A complete list of local and state laws can be found at: http://www.no-smoke.org/pdf/ecigslaws.pdf