E-Cigarette Regulations Across the Globe and How It Will Affect Travellers


E-cigarettes in Canada and around the globe have recently become very popular for a multitude of vapers. If you are a traveler, you should be aware of the various e-cigarette laws and regulations in the countries you’re visiting to avoid penalties.


Millions of smokers have used e cigarettes to quit the severely unhealthy smoking habit.  E-cigarettes continue to help people who have been previously unsuccessful in quitting, to stop smoking for good. Despite the positive impact that e-cigarettes have had, certain countries still have very conservative views on e cigarette laws. A lot of countries have banned e-cigarettes completely, while others have enacted strict regulations on them. Considering the fact that certain countries are unsupportive of e cigarettes, travelers who use e cigarettes should always learn more about e cigarette laws before visiting a particular country.


Throughout the rest of this article, we will discuss the various vaping laws in some of the most popular travel locations around the globe.





In certain places in Europe, mainly the United Kingdom, e cigarette laws are the most liberal. This is due in part, to the fact that Public Health England has actually declared e-cigarettes as being a 95% healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes. Their declaration is based on the most cited government study commissioned on e-cigarettes to date. Most of the countries in Europe allow the use of e cigarettes, but there are strict restrictions on advertising, legal age of consumption, as well as certain countries regulating the size of the e juice bottles that can be purchased, including a maximum nicotine content that can be purchased for personal (non-medicinal) use.


One example of the regulations in Europe that demonstrates more liberal regulations would be found in the United Kingdom.


  • No advertising of e-cigarette products
  • No vaping in public places including on public transport
  • Illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors; under the age of 18
  • No nicotine above 20mg
  • No bottles are to be sold that exceed 10ml
  • The tank on your vape may not exceed 2ml
  • Regulation of certain flavours, has reduced the selection of certain flavours immensely




The United States


In 2010 there was some discussion of the import of e-cigarettes being illegal due to them not being viewed as tobacco products. Despite this discussion, ecigarettes were ruled as tobacco products and the regulations remained relatively undecided. In 2014 some formal laws were put into action, including the FDA requiring e juice ingredients to be disclosed, as well as the proof of safety of those ingredients used. There were also regulations created to address the e-cigarette devices, which defined the minimum legal age to purchase to be 18 years of age.


In the United States, laws vary from state to state, with some states banning the use of e-cigarettes indoors completely, and others allowing indoor e-cigarette use everywhere, even restricting particular businesses from having the right to ban indoor e-cigarette use in their establishments. Considering the diversity of vaping laws in the US between the different states, it is hard to summarize the e cigarette laws for the entirety of the country, although there are certain commonalities.


  • Ingredients must be disclosed, and FDA approved
  • Devices must be regulated for safety
  • Prohibited for sales using vending machines
  • Nicotine products must not be sold to minors




Similar to the US, the e-cigarette laws in Canada vary amongst each province, with some provinces like Saskatchewan and the Yukon not having any legislation. The areas of Canada that have the most restrictive legislations are British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Quebec. Additionally, Ontario currently has an approved Bill in the process of being implemented into action, that will make it one of the most restricted provinces in Canada.


Although the vaping laws vary throughout Canada, there are some commonalities between most provinces that have legislation.


  • Prohibited sale to minors
  • Vaping indoors or in public places
  • Vaping in cars with children
  • Prohibited advertisement and promotion of e-cigarette products
  • No sale of e-cigarette products using vending machines


The bill that is currently in process of being implemented within Ontario may also prohibit the sale of any flavours that may be appealing to minors.



Other Countries


A lot of countries have actually made e cigarettes illegal, and some countries even go as far as to imprison those who are in possession of a nicotine based e-cigarette, like Hong Kong. The irony isn’t lost on most vapers who know that e-cigarettes were invented in China and that the patent is held there, meaning that China is the manufacture of 99% of electronic cigarettes. 


Some of the countries that have strict e-cigarette laws or have made them complete illegal include:


  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • East Timor
  • Hong Kong
  • India; there is no formal law, but you can be imprisoned for possession
  • Japan; e-cigarettes containing nicotine are illegal
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates


How are these regulations affecting travelers?


Considering how widely the laws vary between countries internationally, individuals should be sure to do their research before travelling to a foreign country. Certain countries have very strict laws, and if you are not correctly informed about the regulations, you could find yourself in trouble in a country halfway around the world.


When travelling with an e-cigarette you should also consider how you are actually going to pack your e-cigarette.


  • Always remember battery safety, if travelling with extra batteries ensure they are in a plastic case
  • Do not vape on the plane this is prohibited on all flights, and disrespectful to other passengers


The US has also banned putting your e-cigarette in your CHECKED baggage. You are actually permitted to bring your vape in your carry-on or in your pocket on the plane, but packing your vape in your checked bag will definitely get you pulled aside. This particular regulation is due to multiple fires in people’s checked bags that have been caused by the lithium batteries used to power e-cigarettes.


If you are travelling, be sure to do your research before you even start packing, because not only should you pack your e-cigarette and accessories safely, but you want to make sure when you get there you won’t cause a big issue, because you haven’t researched the e-cigarette laws for that country.


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