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Vaping Laws Around The World-ASIA

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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: Banned

What you need to know: Hong Kong has imposed a full ban on the sale, manufacture and import of all vaping related products. The ban also covers heat-not-burn tobacco products (HNB).  No such ban has been imposed on traditional cigarettes.

Vaping in Singapore

Status: Banned

What you need to know: All vaping products are illegal to buy, sell or use. Even having a device in your luggage could land you in hot water with customs.

Vaping in Thailand

Status: Banned

What you need to know: The maximum penalty for vaping is ten years in prison. If you look at travel forums many people report being able to vape in public without any issues, however, it’s not something we suggest risking.

Vaping in South Korea

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Vaping products are regulated as a tobacco product and so the same restrictions apply to vaping as do to smoking. You can purchase vaping products fairly easily but they are heavily taxed and therefore expensive.

Vaping in India

Status: Banned

What you need to know: Emergency legislation was passed by the Indian Government in September 2019 banning e-cigarette usage. Simply possessing a device could lead to 6 months in jail or a fine. The reason provided by the Indian Government to support this decision is the potential health threat to young people.

India currently has 120 million smokers and cigarettes are freely available. In the financial year 2016-17, the tax generated from tobacco products amounted to £354,747,388,680.00. 

Vaping in Malaysia

Status: Permitted with Big Limitations

What you need to know: Malaysia has tightened up its laws on both smoking and vaping during 2018 and 2019. Nicotine is now classed as a Class C poison. The sale, distribution or importation of any unlicensed products that contain nicotine is prohibited. E-Cigarettes that contain Nicotine can only be sold by licensed pharmacies and medical practitioners. Vaping/Smoking is also now banned in 23 places, for a full list, please take a look at this article.

Vaping in the Philippines

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Vaping is currently permitted but is subject clean air laws from the countries tobacco regulation act. This restricts the use of e-cigs in public areas and on public transport.

Vaping in Vietnam

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: E-cigarettes are classed as a tobacco product and therefore the same laws apply to vaping and smoking. You cannot use e-cigarettes on public transport or in public spaces unless a designated smoking area exists.

Vaping in Indonesia

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Vaping is permitted in Indonesia, however, as of the 1st July 2018, the government will be imposing a 57% excise tax on all e-liquids containing traces of tobacco. There are approximately 4000 vape shops and 300 e-liquid manufacturers in the country so getting supplies, even if they do cost a little more from July 2018, shouldn't pose too many problems.

Vaping in Taiwan

Status: Banned

What you need to know: It appears that Taiwan has banned e-cigarettes and e-liquids. They are now prohibited by Article 14 of the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act and you are now not allowed to import vaping products. E-liquids containing nicotine are now classed as a medicine. If you intend to carry nicotine-containing liquids into the country you must apply for a permit to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Ministry of Health and Welfare. 

For further details, we suggest visiting the Taipei customs website https://etaipei.customs.gov.tw/.

Vaping in Saudi Arabia

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Although information is hard to obtain, vaping does appear to be permitted when we checked in August 2018. We have not found an official source to confirm this, however, users of a number of message boards and forums have advised vaping is permitted but is illegal in public places. If you're travelling to the country we recommend you do your own research and check with your airline and hotel to confirm the current status.

Vaping in Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: The United Arab Emirates will allow the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping devices from April 2019. Previously the sale of vape related products had been banned. In terms of vaping in public areas, there does not seem to be an issue providing you stick to designated smoking areas. As far as entering the country with ecigs and liquid, the best thing to do is follow the airline’s rules regarding bringing in a battery device in your luggage.

Vaping in Pakistan

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Electronic cigarettes are unregulated in Pakistan which means that you can vape in most places and buy supplies with relative ease. Vape shops exist in the larger cities with many importing products from the US.

Vaping in Bangladesh

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Bangladesh has a small but growing vaping culture and vape shops are present in larger cities to buy supplies. We haven’t been able to find any information on where you can vape in the country. Smoking is prohibited in the majority of indoor public places and workplaces as well as public transport. If you’re visiting the country play it safe and don’t vape where smoking is banned.

Vaping in Myanmar

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Another country where it’s tricky to get details, however, we believe vaping is permitted and there are vape shops in some cities. Vape City Myanmar have a fairly active Facebook page and looks to be well stocked if you need to get supplies whilst visiting. Smoking is prohibited in most indoor public places, including public transport. As with Bangladesh, play it safe and only vape where smoking is permitted until you have a better idea of the local laws.

Vaping in Israel

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: From our research, it seems a little unclear on Israel’s exact position. It would appear that vaping is permitted and you can use your e-cigs where smoking is permitted. There are a large number of vape shops, mostly found in the larger towns and cities.

Vaping in the Maldives

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: Vaping is permitted wherever smoking is allowed. We have found one vape shop but as most of the islands are fairly small we would recommend taking your own supplies if you plan on visiting.

Vaping in Sri Lanka

Status: Permitted

What you need to know: You can vape where smoking is permitted and there are a very limited number of vape shops. Taking your own supplies when you visit is highly recommended.

Vaping in Cambodia

Status: Banned

What you need to know: Using e-cigarettes in Cambodia has been banned since 2014.

Vaping in Jordan

Status: Banned

What you need to know: The ministry of health banned the importation of all vaping items in 2017. This followed their 2009 ban on e-cigarettes. Officially, Jordan now has a ban on the sale, advertising, manufacturing, importation and use of e-cigarettes. During our research, we have found a number of vape shops that appear to operate, especially in the capital. There are also several forum posts that suggest you can carry vaping products through customs without any issues and that vaping is widespread in the major cities. We recommend you proceed with caution if you do wish to vape while visiting the country.

Vaping in Qatar

Status: Banned

What you need to know: Hosts of the World Cup in 2022 but definitely not a vape friendly country. There is a ban on the sale, advertising, manufacturing, importation and use of e-cigarettes. Those carrying ecigs into the country stand a high chance of having them seized by customs. 

Vaping in Lebanon

Status: Banned (But not enforced) 

What you need to know: The importation and sale of e-cigarettes are prohibited by the Lebanese Government. However, there still appears to be a relatively well established vaping community and several vape shops. A reader of our blog has advised that "There is no rule nor enforcement regarding vaping". Many shops still bring in devices and juices and openly sell them. If you are travelling to the country we still advise you to proceed with caution. Don't take an expensive device with you in case you meet a customs office having a bad day and only take juice you intend to use yourself.

Vaping in Brunei

Status: Banned

What you need to know: There is a total ban on e-cigarettes and vaping. You can view the Brunei Ministry of Health statement on vaping by clicking here



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