Places Where Vaping Is Illegal: Countries Where E-Cigarettes Are Not Allowed

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It’s hard to imagine that vaping can be considered illegal. E-cigarettes are generally considered the safer alternative to smoking. But some countries are not buying that. In fact, around 15 countries have famously banned e-cigarettes and the like.

Brazil is one of the countries where e-cigarettes or vaping is currently banned. The ban was made in 2014 and was based on a study by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where some samples from e-cigarettes were found to have carcinogens including nitrosamines. A fine is imposed for every vaping product confiscated in Brazil. However, some people vow they vaped in the country without being arrested.

An unimplemented vaping law is nothing new. In fact, Canada has a similar fate. While its neighbour, the United States, is known for its billion-dollar vaping industry, the business is technically illegal in Canada. The discord lies with Health Canada’s ban on products that contain nicotine—e-cigarettes contain nicotine. But when you go to Canada, you do notice people vaping here and there. And most Canadians are not aware of the health department’s ban on e-cigarettes.

In contrast to Canada, the law is clear in Brunei: E-cigarettes are banned in the country since 2010. Brunei did this because it considers e-cigarettes imitation tobacco products to contain nicotine and carcinogens. Tobacco Order 2005, which governed the ban, states: “No person shall import, sell or offer for sale, any confectionery or other food product or any toy or other article that is designed to resemble tobacco products or which is sold in a package designed to resemble the packaging commonly associated with tobacco products. Therefore, the importation and sale of e-cigarette or vape in Brunei Darussalam is considered an offence and any offender will be liable to a fine.”

Last year, the health authorities have closed down vaping stores in Mexico since e-cigarettes are also considered illegal in the country. According to the country’s COFEPRIS or Comision Federal para la Proteccion contra Riesgos Sanitarios, e-cigarettes have not been confirmed to have the necessary safety and effectiveness to replace tobacco. People believe that vaping is a means to stop smoking, yet there is no evidence to back it up.

Also late last year, Singapore, one of the strictest countries in the world, has banned e-cigarettes. According to the Ministry of Health, the ban aims to protect its population from the harms of emerging tobacco products.

Other countries that have banned the use of e-cigarettes are Argentina, Cambodia, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Venezuela. Indonesia, on the other hand, is contemplating the ban of e-cigarettes as well. According to Jakarta Globe, vapers are concerned that the government is working with tobacco industries to implement a ban on e-cigarettes to cripple the business.

But it all boils down to evidence. The main concern of these countries is that vaping doesn’t really have the science backing its claims that it’s so much safer than cigarettes. Most of these countries want further study on the topic. According to Nicmaxx, one of the earliest manufacturers of e-cigarettes, vaping gives one the satisfaction of smoking but with less nicotine, hence, less danger.

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