With e-cigarettes growing in popularity and notoriety more countries are taking a stance on whether or not the devices, and liquid nicotine, are permitted in their country. For the most part, countries fall into three categories when it comes to the legality of e-cigarettes: banned, permitted, or partially permitted with a two-tier system. A partially permitted two-tier system is when e-cigarettes and flavours are legal but liquid nicotine cannot be sold, only imported. In these countries, for the most part, customs will not block liquid nicotine entering the country. In very specific cases there is some confusion or special circumstances regarding the sale and ownership of e-cigarettes, however, this is very rare. The countries where there is confusion or special circumstances are France, Ukraine, Canada, Greece, and Iran.
Here is a comprehensive list of what countries have banned, permitted, or partially permitted e-cigarettes:
- Brunei - with up to a $10,000 fine!
- The United Arab Emirates - Including Dubai
Partial Permission: Two-tier system
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Costa Rica
- The Czech Republic
- European Union
- The Republic of Korea
- The Netherlands
- The United Kingdom
Permitted with restrictions/circumstances
- France - e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid are considered to be consumer goods and are regulated that way, unless they are used as part of a smoking cessation program or if the nicotine strength is more than or equal to 20 mg/ml.
- Ukraine - use of e-cigarettes is not allowed in public places.
- The United States of America - legal federally, however, individual States and Cities are able to introduce their own regulations.
There are four countries where the laws and rules surrounding e-cigarettes, liquid nicotine, and vaping, are a bit unclear. One of these countries is Canada, where the laws and permissions are the most unclear and subject to interpretation and change.
- Greece - in Greece there are some reports that say importing liquid nicotine and e-cigarettes can be difficult, and there are laws banning the marketing of e-cigarettes, however, the Greek government did not ban vaping or the products associated with vaping.
- Iran - in Iran they have possibly banned e-cigarettes due to nicotine refills but the reality of this is unclear.
- Mauritius - in Mauritius they have possibly banned e-cigarettes via a public health act.
- Canada - in Canada there is a lot of confusion surrounding vaping and what is legal and what is illegal. To put it plainly there are no actual regulations from a federal level in Canada regarding the use and sale of e-cigarette products and usage, excluding liquid nicotine. Provincially there are different restrictions, some provinces treating them the same way you would cigarettes while others have no restrictions at all. The reality of legality on a provincial level is that regulations seem to always be in flux, with the threat of changes looming around the corner.