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Worldwide Vaping Rules and Regulations

25th January 2018

Worldwide Vaping Rules and Regulations.

Worldwide Vaping Rules and Regulations have been implemented in many countries.

Positive approaches

  • The UK for example, applied the Tobacco Products Directive which came into force on 20 May 2016.
  • The main changes being all ingredients.
  • It had to be:
  • vigorously tested
  • reports on emissions,
  • toxicology,
  • ingredients etc had to be sent through to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

Whilst in New Zealand there has also been some progress. A well-known health expert has advised that vaping is “key” to cutting their smoking rates. She has recommended a vaping voucher system to help those financially wishing to stop smoking.

In 2016, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulated the manufacturing and importing of electronic cigarettes into and within the US.

There are different rules in the USA depending on the state. For example, New York has officially banned vaping in indoor spaces.  Public Health experts within the US have warned against these negative approaches towards vaping reportedly saying it is “significantly safer” than smoking.

In Canada they are legal to use, with only a few exceptions as to where you can vape.  Each region has their own regulations and rules.

In Australia, it is legal to use vape pens in all states, but in Queensland, e-cigarettes which contain liquid nicotine are illegal.

Negative approaches

On the other hand, there are still some countries that have quite different ideas on vaping. Indonesia’s government was reported to have “stunned health campaigners” by telling those who vape to go back to smoking cigarettes. Could profitable tobacco taxes be the reason for this?

A few countries have banned vaping altogether for example Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Egypt, Brazil, UAE, and Singapore.   Be aware the penalty in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan is a large fine and quite possibly a prison sentence.

E-cigarette laws appear to be continually changing with some countries banning vaping altogether, whilst in others it's more of a grey area.

Our advice, check the laws before you travel.