Holiday makers are being encouraged to check the vaping rules in their holiday destination as there were another 5 countries announced that vaping is now banned: India, the Philippines, Lebanon, Cambodia and Vietnam. Good news is that vaping is legal in Indonesia now.
The punishments can be severe in India and the Philippines, you can go to prison for just packing a vape kit. Numerous other countries have also previously banned e-cigarettes, including Belgium, Egypt, Turkey and Thailand.
The potential penalties in Lebanon, Cambodia and Vietnam are less clear. In Thailand, where over one million British tourists head each year, just bringing e-cigarettes or refills into the country could see holidaymakers landed with jail terms of up to 10 years.
The UK Government describes Thai prison conditions as ‘harsh’ with ‘limited access to healthcare’.
“As millions of people gear up for their summer holiday it is easy to forget that foreign laws are different to those in the UK,” said James Dunworth, chairman, E-Cigarette Direct.
“Don’t let a nice get-away turn into a get-locked-away, and check before you travel.
“Vaping, which is completely legal and mainstream here and in most countries, is illegal in some popular destinations with penalties ranging from confiscation or fine to 10 years in prison.
“Another popular misconception is that you can vape on planes. While most airlines will tell you before takeoff that vaping is banned, some may not.
“It’s better to be safe than sorry so keep the kit packed away and wait until you know it’s legal to use.”
Singapore, Indonesia, Jordan, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Egypt all have complete bans on e-cigarettes.
Dubai airport is well-known for confiscating e-cigarettes and vape kits.
South Africa, Malaysia and the Australian states of Queensland and the Northern Territories prohibit the use of e-cigarettes that contain nicotine.
In the USA, vaping is legal but the use of e-cigarettes is decided on a a state and city level.
San Francisco has banned flavoured e-liquids and it’s reported New York may soon do the same.
Experts advise that British tourists check before they travel.
According to figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number of vapers has increased rapidly in recent years – from about seven million in 2011 to 35 million in 2016.
Market research group Euromonitor estimates that the number of adults who vape will reach almost 55 million by 2021.
Never Vape in below countries where vaping is banned:
United Arab Emirates