Where in the world is Vaping banned?
Full List of Countries Where Vaping is Banned
There are over 40 countries where vaping is completely banned. This includes the importation and selling of e-cig and e-liquid, as well as using an e-cig in these countries.
Even with a ban in place, the punishment in some places is not severe. In others however, the potential ramifications for even using an e-cig are massive; including fines and prison sentences.
For most of the list below, while it is illegal to sell or import e-cigs, most are fine with vapes being used in the country. But not for all, some it is even illegal to bring an e-cig into the country, these will be highlighted below.
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia – While Australia don’t say they ban vaping, it is essentially a ban by proxy. The sale or importation of nicotine containing e-liquid is illegal.
Cambodia – Outright Ban.
Gambia – Outright Ban.
India – Outright Ban.
Japan – Banned by proxy. No nicotine containing e-liquid allowed.
N. Korea – Outright Ban.
Lebanon – Outright Ban.
Nicaragua – Outright Ban.
Qatar – Outright Ban.
Singapore – Outright Ban. Possession is also a crime and can carry a fine of up to $1500.
Thailand – Some of the harshest punishments for vaping in the world. The foreign office says: “Vapourisers (like e-cigarettes and e-baraku) and refills are illegal in Thailand. These items may be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted. Their sale or supply is also banned and you could face a heavy fine or up to 5 years imprisonment if found guilty.”
Vatican City – Outright Ban.
Will Vaping Be Banned In The UK?
We are pretty confident vaping won't be banned in the UK. The government has a goal to be smoke free by 2030 and there are many MP’s and public health bodies who are very vocal about how important a role vaping will play in this plan.
Statement from the NHS
In recent years, e-cigarettes have become a very popular stop smoking aid in the UK. Also known as vapes or e-cigs, they're far less harmful than cigarettes, and can help you quit smoking for good. They are not recommended for non-smokers and cannot be sold to people under 18 years old. Many thousands of people in the UK have already stopped smoking with the help of an e-cigarette. There's evidence that they can be effective.
A 2021 review found people who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking, as well as having expert face-to-face support, can be up to twice as likely to succeed as people who used other nicotine replacement products, such as patches or gum.
Using an e-cigarette can help you manage your nicotine cravings. To get the best out of it, make sure you're using it as much as you need to and with the right strength of nicotine in your e-liquid. You will not get the full benefit from vaping unless you stop smoking cigarettes completely.