North & Central America
Generally, North America is vaper friendly with most countries classing e-cigarettes as tobacco products and therefore applying the same restrictions.
Vaping in the USA
What you need to know: Another country that doesn’t like to make life easy for vapers with each individual state setting their own laws. Generally vaping is allowed with the variation coming in the form of where you are allowed to vape. A number of states have total bans on vaping indoors, some leave it to the discretion of the business owner and some simply have no bans. Full details state by state can be found here.
September 2019 update: A number of deaths have been linked to vaping by the US health authorities with further claims that 500 people are seriously ill from using e-cigarettes. The deaths and health issues appear to be linked to contaminated THC rather than standard e-liquids. However, President Trump announced a ban on flavoured e-liquids with all product being removed from sale within 30 days. It may be possible for manufacturers to re-introduce flavoured liquids in the future with FDA approval. At the time of writing the guidelines were being created by the US authorities.
Vaping in Canada
What you need to know: Canada has no restrictions on vaping and it is 100% legal throughout the country. There are some regional differences regarding where you are allowed to vape so check before pulling out your device. Vape shops are also plentiful.
Vaping in Mexico
Status: Permitted with Limitations
What you need to know: Vaping is legal in Mexico, however under federal law, you can not sell, trade, promote, distribute or produce any vape related products. Unbelievably, e-cigarettes are governed by a law first introduced to regulate the sale of candy cigarettes. There is no law against taking your ecig with you when you visit Mexico but there have been reports of devices being confiscated by customs.
Vaping in Cuba
What you need to know: Vaping is legal and you can travel to Cuba with your device and liquids. Smoking is generally still permitted pretty much everywhere, as is vaping. The confusion arises with trying to leave as a large number of people have had devices confiscated by customs officials. There is no legal basis for this under Cuban law but if you are planning to travel take a device with you don’t mind leaving behind.
Vaping in Puerto Rico
What you need to know: E-cigarettes are classed as a tobacco product and so the same rules apply to vaping as they do to smoking. There is a ban on smoking/vaping in indoor public spaces plus any outdoor terrace with more than one member of staff.
Vaping in Costa Rica
What you need to know: Another country where ecigs are regulated as tobacco products so the same rules apply. You can take your own devices and liquids into the country and use them where smoking is permitted.
Vaping in Jamaica
What you need to know: Classed as a tobacco product therefore vaping is only allowed where smoking is permitted. There is also a ban on imports with many people having devices confiscated when trying to enter the country.
Vaping in the Bahamas
What you need to know: It’s difficult to get a 100% clear picture but vaping appears to be unregulated with little limitations placed on vapers. There are vape suppliers on the island and you are free to take your own device with you.
Vaping in Panama
What you need to know: Classed as a tobacco product and therefore vaping is only allowed where smoking is permitted. Smoking is banned in all public spaces including outside terraces of bars and restaurants.
Vaping in Guatemala
What you need to know: Vaping is permitted and is covered by the rules governing smoking as to where you can and can’t vape. Smoking/Vaping is banned in all workplaces and enclosed public places. However, hotels and motels are allowed to permit smoking in rooms if they choose to. Vape shops do exist in larger towns and cities so you may want to stock up before heading anywhere more rural.
Vaping in the Dominican Republic
What you need to know: We have been unable to find a definitive answer, however, what we have discovered is there seems to be a very inconsistent approach. Many travellers report no issues taking devices into the country and using them whilst visiting. However, the issues seem to arise when you try and leave with many people having all their gear confiscated regardless of whether it’s been packed in hold or hand luggage.
Spirit Airlines provides this advice on their customer support page “Some countries (e.g., Dominican Republic) prohibit the carriage of these devices in carry-on baggage, checked baggage, and/or on one’s person, in which case Spirit will abide by such regulation.”
If you plan on visiting then we recommend only taking stuff you don’t mind parting with as there is a good chance you won’t be allowed to leave with it.
Vaping in Saint Lucia
What you need to know: Vaping is permitted and ecig usage is governed by the same rules that cover smoking. There seems to be a number of vape shops to pick up supplies and a reasonable vaping community on the island.