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40 countries or regions have relevant bans


According to vaping360, nearly 40 countries or regions have relatively clear legal provisions on e-cigarettes.

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Official attitudes toward e-cigarettes and nicotine use vary widely. In the UK, the use of e-cigarettes is largely encouraged by government health agencies. As smoking places a heavy burden on the NHS, the UK will save money if smokers switch to e-cigarettes.

Most other countries / regions also allow the use of regulated e-cigarette markets, but there is less enthusiastic support for this practice.

In the United States, the FDA has the management of steam products, but has been trying to establish an effective regulatory system for the past eight years. Canada follows the British model to some extent, but like the United States, Canadian provinces are free to make their own rules, sometimes in conflict with the goals of the federal government.

More than 40 countries or regions prohibit the use of e-cigarettes (use, sale or import or a combination of both). Some of the actions that prohibit the use of e-cigarettes are completely prohibited, including sales and possession. Bans are most common in Asia, the Middle East and South America, although the most famous nicotine ban belongs to Australia.

The behaviour of some countries towards new tobacco is puzzling. For example, in Japan, e-cigarettes are used legally and sold, except for electronic liquids containing nicotine, which is illegal. But non thermal burning tobacco products like iqos are perfectly legal and widely used.

It's very difficult to track all changes in e-cigarette laws. What we are trying to do here is to give a brief explanation of the national regulations that prohibit or strictly restrict electronic cigarettes or steam products. This is not meant to be a travel guide or a tip on electronic cigarettes and flying. If you are going to a strange country / region, you should contact the Embassy of your country / region or the travel agency of the country you visit for the latest and reliable information sources.

Why do some countries prohibit the use of e-cigarettes?

The World Health Organization (who) and Its Framework Convention on tobacco control (FCTC), a global treaty signed by more than 180 countries, has encouraged the restriction and prohibition of e-cigarettes since the earliest products were put into Europe and Europe. Who has a significant (and often the most powerful) influence on health and smoking policies in many countries / regions, especially in poorer countries, which has funded schemes to employ many public health professionals.

Although the United States is not a party to the treaty, the Framework Convention on tobacco control itself is guided by consultants from private anti smoking organizations in the United States, such as the smoke-free children's movement. As these groups fight to prevent smoking and other products that reduce the harm of tobacco, their positions have been taken over by the Framework Convention on tobacco control, and smokers in many countries have suffered terrible consequences. Although the treaty's founding document makes harm reduction an ideal strategy for tobacco control, FCTC still recommends that its members (most countries) prohibit or strictly control e-cigarettes.

Most countries rely on tobacco sales, especially cigarette sales, for revenue. In some cases, government officials are honest about their choice to ban or restrict the use of aerosol products to maintain tobacco revenue. Usually, governments choose to include e-cigarettes in their tobacco products regulations, which makes it easier to impose punitive taxes on consumers.

For example, when Indonesia imposed a 57% tax on e-cigarettes, finance ministry officials explained that the purpose of the tax was to limit the consumption of e-cigarettes.

In most countries, e-cigarettes are restricted as much as smoking in the United States. If you want to know if e-cigarettes can be used in public places, you can usually find another e-cigarette user or smoker and ask what the law is. If in doubt, please do not do so. If the use of e-cigarettes is illegal, it is best to ensure that the law is not enforced before starting smoking.

Where are steam products prohibited or restricted?

Our list is extensive, but it may not be certain. Laws change regularly, and while communication between advocacy organizations is improving, there is still no central repository to store information about global e-cigarette laws. Our list comes from a variety of sources: UK harm reduction advocacy organizations, knowledge, action, changing global tobacco harm reduction status report, smokeless children's tobacco control legal campaign website, and Johns' global tobacco control website, Hopkins University researchers.

Attitudes in some countries were determined by original research.

Some of these countries completely ban the use and sale of nicotine, most of them just prohibit the sale, and some countries only ban nicotine or products containing nicotine. In many countries, the law is ignored. In other cases, they are enforced. Similarly, check with a reliable source before using any equipment and e-cigarettes to travel to any country. If a country is not listed, e-cigarettes can be used for smoking or regulated, or there is no specific law governing e-cigarettes (however, so far).

We welcome any new information. If you are aware of changes in the law or new regulations affecting our list, please comment and we will update the list.


Antigua and Barbuda 

Legal use, illegal sale


Legal use, illegal sale


Legal use, illegal sale


Illegal sale, except for approved medical products


Legal use, illegal sale


Legal use, illegal import or sale. In February 2020, the president of Mexico issued a decree banning the import of all electronic cigarette products, including zero nicotine products. However, the country still has a thriving e-cigarette community, which is promoted by Pro vapeo, a Mexican consumer group. It is not clear whether the government will try to capture products that tourists bring into the country.


It's believed to be used illegally and sold illegally


Legal use, illegal sale


Legal use, illegal sale


Legal use, legal sale, but the sale of products manufactured after August 8, 2016 is prohibited without passing the PMTA of FDA. E-cigarette companies have not been approved, but can continue to sell during the acceptance period.


Legal use, illegal sale


Legal use is considered to be illegal sale, with the exception of approved medical products



It is believed that it can be used legally, but it can be sold illegally, but its status is still uncertain


Illegal use, illegal sale


Legal use, illegal sale


Legal use, illegal sale, however, Seychelles announced in 2019 its intention to legalize and regulate e-cigarettes


Legal use, illegal sale



Legal use, illegal sale


Illegal use


Prohibited: illegal use, illegal sale


Is considered prohibited


In September 2019, the central government of India completely banned the sale of electronic atomization products. The government is well aware that 100 million Indians smoke and tobacco kills nearly one million people a year, so it has not taken any measures to reduce access to cigarettes. Not coincidentally, the Indian government owns 30% of the country's largest tobacco company.


Legal use, legal sale of equipment, illegal sale of nicotine containing liquids (although individuals may import nicotine containing products under certain restrictions). Heated tobacco products (HTP) such as iqos are legal.

North Korea



Legal use and illegal sale of products containing nicotine. Although consumer sales of nicotine containing products are illegal, Malaysia has a booming e-cigarette market. Authorities occasionally search retailers and confiscate products. The sale of all aerosol products (even nicotine free) is prohibited in Johor, Kedah, kirandan, Penang and dengjialou.

According to the August 2020 article, Myanmar is considered prohibited.


Legal use (prohibited in public places), illegal sale


Prohibition: illegal use, illegal sale. By the end of last year, owning was also a crime and could be fined up to 1500 yuan.

Sri Lanka

Legal use, illegal sale


Believe in legal use, illegal sale. In recent years, Thailand has won many awards for banning the import and sale of e-cigarette products, including several incidents, including the detention of e-cigarette tourists. According to reports, the government is reconsidering its strict e-cigarette rules


It is considered to be used legally and sold illegally


Legal use, illegal import or sale. In Turkey, it is illegal to sell and import aerosol products, and when the country reiterated its ban in 2017, who issued a press release hailing the decision. But the law conflicts. Turkey has an e-market and an e-community.


Legal use, illegal sale of nicotine. In Australia, it is illegal to own or sell nicotine without a doctor's prescription, but in one state (Western Australia), the sale of e-cigarettes is legal. Therefore, despite the legal provisions, there is still a strong e-cigarette market. The penalties for ownership vary from state to state, but can be very severe.



Deemed prohibited

Middle East:


Legal use, illegal sale. Although the country appears to be on the verge of regulating e-cigarette products


It is considered to be used legally and sold illegally


It is considered to be used legally and sold illegally


Legal use, illegal sale


It is considered to be used legally and sold illegally


Illegal use, illegal sale

Please pay attention and do some research!

Similarly, if you are not sure of the country / region you are visiting, consult the source of the country / region for the law and what the authorities can tolerate. If you are going to one of the countries where it is illegal to own e-cigarettes (especially in the Middle East), please think twice because it can lead to serious consequences. Most people in the world today welcome the use of e-cigarettes, but some planning and research may make your pleasant trip no longer a nightmare.

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