Vaping Laws Around the World in 2018

The laws and regulations covering vaping around the world are a constantly moving picture. Many countries have been very slow to react to the quick uptake of e-cigarettes. When they do finally take action the results can be severe, heavily limiting the use of e-cigarettes. If you plan on travelling this year and want to take your device with you it’s a good idea to check out local laws before you go. Some countries such as the USA, Australia and Russia have both national and state/regional laws. If you’re travelling around when you reach your destination check with the locals before whipping out your ecig rather than assuming you’ll be fine.

The list below covers approximately 100 of the most popular travel destinations. It is by no means exhaustive, however, we do plan to keep adding countries as we get more information. Please use this guide as part of your research before travelling but also consult other sources to ensure you have a clear and full picture.


The majority of European states allow vaping, although heavy taxation is becoming more common which can make stocking up on supplies whilst visiting expensive. Most EU members adopted the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) from May 2017 and this makes the general approach to vaping across the EU broadly similar to that of the UK. Some states have added their own additional laws that you need to watch out for.

Vaping in the UK

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Where better place to start than good old blighty. The UK is very much pro vaping and is one of the most progressive countries in the world in their views to e-cigarettes. Generally vaping is permitted anywhere smoking is allowed and vape stores can be found in virtually every town and city if you need to stock up on supplies.

Vaping in France

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: France is vying with the UK for the highest number of vapers in Europe and as with the UK you can vape safely wherever smoking is allowed. New laws were passed in 2016 prohibiting vaping on public transport or in areas where children are present. If you’re in any doubt ask someone who looks local!

Vaping in Germany

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: As with the majority of EU member states they have adopted the TPD and therefore vaping is allowed with similar restrictions to the UK. You can purchase vape supplies easily and restrictions on vaping in public are largely permitted in areas where you can smoke.


Unlike Europe where the approach to vaping is relatively consistent, Asia is very much the opposite. Laws vary from outright bans to no regulation at all so if you’re travelling through the area check the local laws of each country you’ll be passing through.

Vaping in China

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: China is the country that invented e-cigarettes and it still produces around 90% of the entire worlds vapour products. Vaping laws tend to vary from region to region but e-cigarettes are permitted throughout China so just check on any regional variations before you visit.

Vaping in Japan

Status: Permitted with Limitations

What you need to know: Vaping is permitted but using e-liquids that contain nicotine are not. Any juice with nicotine is considered to be an unlicensed medical product.

Vaping in Hong Kong

Status: Permitted with Limitations

What you need to know: In Hong Kong nicotine is classed as a poison so any e-liquids containing it are banned and their usage is considered a criminal offence. There are plans to ban vaping totally so if you plan on travelling to Hong Kong make sure you check the current status.



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