Travelers who vape could end up in trouble for using their e-cigarettes in a host of overseas tourism hotspots. If you’re traveling outside of the United States of the United Kingdom this summer beware of country specific rules for vapers.
In countries such as Thailand, India, Vietnam and the Philippines tourists could face jail time for vaping in public spaces and, in some, for even packing a vape kit.
India has banned vaping and in one case, according to The Mirror, a man was jailed for three years, based on a 78-year-old law. Meanwhile vapers in the Philippines could face up to four months in jail for vaping. Pay attention and research prior to visiting another country to understand their laws on vaping.
Lebanon, Cambodia and Vietnam have followed suit by recently banning e-cigs. However the potential penalties for breaking the law in these destinations is much more unclear.
Thailand, which welcomes more than one million European visitors a year, has issued prison sentences of up to ten years for bringing e-cigarettes or refills into the country.
Vaping is banned in the United Arab Emirates. The Dubai Airport is well known for confiscating e-cigarettes and vape kits. So plan accordingly should you be visiting the UAE.
Complete bans on e-cigarettes are also in force in Singapore, Indonesia, Jordan, Oman and Egypt. South Africa, Malaysia and the Australian states of Queensland and the Northern Territories have banned the use of e-cigarettes that contain nicotine.