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Vaping Laws Around The World-EUROPE

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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 Laws in Europe

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 e-liquids or other 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.

Vaping in Italy

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Italy has a large number of vapers but has also introduced some nasty new tax laws at the end of 2017 which makes vaping more expensive than smoking. Even more new taxes are planned that may kill off the industry in Italy altogether. Vaping is permitted anywhere you can smoke but getting supplies locally may get trickier as vape shops start to shut up shop.

Vaping in Greece

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Ecigs are legal in Greece with vaping permitted anywhere smoking is allowed. Buying supplies should be relatively easy in major cities and towns but will be more difficult if you are visiting the Greek Islands.

Vaping in Turkey

Status: Permitted with Limitations

What you need to know: Whilst you can legally vape in Turkey the sale of vaping devices and liquids is banned. However, many UK holiday makers have reported being able to purchase vaping supplies freely in the main holiday destinations. If you plan on visiting the country and packing your device, do so with caution and do your own research before leaving.

Vaping in Spain

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: As an EU member their vaping laws largely mirror the UK’s. Vaping is allowed in areas where you can smoke but there is now a total ban on smoking in all bars, restaurants and workplaces.

Vaping in Portugal

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Portugal is following the example of Italy in heavily taxing vaping products so if you do plan to visit take your own e-liquids. Smoking/Vaping bans in bars, clubs and restaurants are not yet in place but are planned so double-check the status before visiting.

Vaping in Croatia

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: E-cigarettes are classed as tobacco products by law so are treated in the same way. Vaping in all public enclosed areas is banned. If you need to stock up on supplies whilst visiting then you’re well catered for in tourist hot spots.

Vaping in the Netherlands

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: As you would expect the Dutch attitude is fairly liberal towards vaping. E-cigs are legal to buy and use and buying supplies whilst visiting shouldn’t present any issues. New regulations have been introduced in 2019 which prohibit the sale of e-liquids in bottles above 10ml. This includesZero Nicotine e-liquids and any self-mixing products.

Vaping in Ireland

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: It is legal to buy and use e-cigs in Ireland and vape shops are plentiful. Ireland, like the Dutch, takes a fairly liberal approach to vaping and at the time of writing there are no plans to change this approach.

Vaping in Russia

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Not an EU member state and therefore not subject to the TPD regulations. Vaping is currently unregulated which has allowed a thriving market including vape shops and cafes to develop. Some major cities are looking at classing e-cigarettes as a tobacco product which would mean new laws to govern their use. If you plan on visiting during 2018 check what the current status is.

Vaping in Denmark

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Until recently vaping products were classed as medical supplies and were therefore banned from general sale. Happily, the introduction of the TPD pushed the Danes in line with the rest of Europe, legalising the products and making them available to the consumer. Vaping is permitted in public places but don’t expect that many vape shops as the industry is only starting to establish itself.

Vaping in Sweden

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Sweden, like Denmark, had classed e-cigarettes as medical products meaning they were banned from sale to the consumer. This was overturned in 2016 allowing for their free sale which opened up the market.

Vaping in Sweden is now permitted where regular smoking is. Some restaurants and pubs will allow vaping if you ask nicely.

Only shortfill bottles of e-juice can be purchased since the bottles containing nicotine are restricted to 10ml.

Vaping in Finland

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Vaping products are classified in the same way as cigarettes so the same rules apply. Wherever smoking is banned so is vaping.

Vaping in Norway

Status: Permitted with Limitations

What you need to know: Norway is an odd one, in terms of vaping that is, I'm sure the country is lovely! Vaping is permitted, however, the sale of nicotine-containing products is not. Norwegians can buy nicotine containing vaping products abroad but only if they can prove it is to help them quit smoking. If you’re travelling to Norway then the rules are equally woolly. If you plan on staying for a while then you’ll require a doctor’s note to show that your vaping to help quit smoking. Without this, your device and liquids may be confiscated. If you’re making a shorter trip then you shouldn’t have any issues.

The good news is that Norway looks like it will soon be adopting the TPD which will mean the sale of vaping products will be similar to the UK and much of the EU. This was expected to come into force in the summer of 2018. However, at the time of writing (October 2018), we're still waiting for the changes to take place.

Vaping in Austria

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Austria largely follows the EU TPD laws and so their policies on vaping are fairly similar to the UK. The vape market is pretty strong and you should have no problems buying supplies whilst visiting.

Vaping in Belarus

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Information is limited but vaping does seem to be permitted. The government have recently introduced new regulations on vaping products designed to clean up the market and help ensure only properly tested and proven goods are available. Buying your supplies there should also be possible as there are vape shops in the major cities.

Vaping in Iceland

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Iceland is not a member of the EU and therefore does not come under the TPD laws. At the time of writing this update, in June 2018, Iceland had no clearly defined rules on vaping. A bill to regulate the industry was put forward in 2017 but this failed to pass so their appears to be little restrictions on the Icelandic vape market.

Vaping in Hungary

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Vaping is allowed wherever smoking is permitted but this is another country that has gone down the heavy taxation route. You can buy supplies in Hungary but expect to pay above the odds for liquids.

Vaping in Malta

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Vaping is common in Malta and it’s easy to get hold of supplies should you need them. E-Cigarettes are classed as tobacco products and therefore the same rules should apply. We say should as in 2015 a fine imposed on a woman for vaping in an enclosed public space was overturned by the courts. Their conclusion was ‘The smoking ban only applies to tobacco products, not e-cigarettes’. We’re not suggesting that you test the theory out so the best advice is to follow the local's example or ask a member of staff if you’re in a restaurant, bar or café.

Vaping in Belgium

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Surprisingly for a country that has been considered ‘smoker friendly,’ their vaping laws are pretty tough. E-cigarettes were only legalised as a consumer product in 2016 and they are classed as a tobacco product so get hit with the same restrictions as smoking. Vape shops exist but mainly in larger towns and cities.

Vaping in the Czech Republic

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Another great place to visit for vapers. Ecigs can be purchased and used pretty much anywhere.

Vaping in Poland

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Vaping is allowed but only where smoking is permitted. Vaping indoors is banned as are certain public places such as bus stops.

Vaping in Switzerland

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: The Swiss Federal Administrative Court (FAC) overturned a ban on electronic cigarettes with nicotine in March 2018. Switzerland is not part of the EU so does not have the TPD restrictions that member states have to conform to. In terms of where you can and can’t vape, we understand that vaping is permitted where smoking is permitted. If in doubt, find some friendly looking locals to explain what’s allowed

Vaping in Ukraine

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: There does not appear to any laws that specifically governs vaping. Instead, as with many other countries, e-cigs are bundled in with traditional cigarettes. Smoking is banned in all public indoor spaces and so the same rules apply to vaping. Buying vaping supplies whilst in Ukraine should be possible as dedicated vape shops are present in the larger cities and towns.

Vaping in Romania

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Vaping is permitted, however, it is banned on public transport. In 2016, Romania introduced tough new smoking regulations banning cigarettes from all workplaces including bars and restaurants. Happily, ecigs were not included in the ban, although it’s still advisable to check with locals or staff if you want to vape whilst on private premises. Buying supplies whilst you’re visiting Romania should also be nice and easy as they have dedicated vape shops in most cities.

Vaping in Serbia

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: There is not a lot of information on Vaping in Serbia, however from our research it does appear to be permitted. There is a strict ban on smoking in public spaces but this does not seem to extend to e-cigarettes currently.

Vaping in Bulgaria

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Vaping is permitted and there are very few restrictions. Smoking is banned in public places including, shops, bars and restaurants, however vaping has not been included in these regulations. Vaping supplies can be picked up whilst visiting Bulgaria and in a fast-growing market you should see a few brands you recognise. The only restrictions that are in place is a ban on cross border selling which means you can't import goods from outside of Bulgaria. This won't be an issue if you're just visiting the country.

Vaping in Slovakia

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Vaping is allowed in Slovakia but is banned wherever smoking is banned. Unusually, there is only a partial ban on smoking indoors in public spaces so if you want to vape it’s best to check first.



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