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UP IN SMOKE The countries where vaping is illegal, banned or restricted

The latest countries to have banned vaping include Vietnam and the Philippines

VAPING is often used as a way to give up smoking, as well as save money.

However, Brits who try to vape while on holiday could end up having their e-cigarettes confiscated – or even be put in jail.

Laws surrounding vaping are still evolving – governments are constantly changing their rules based on new information about how healthy it is.

Some countries ban the sale of e-cigarettes, but not their possession, while others ban nicotine-containing liquids.

The strictest countries are the ones who forbid- or at least strongly frown upon everything – from the sale and import to the use of them altogether.

The main reason for most of these countries putting restrictions in place is a 2008 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which highlighted their concerns about e-cigarette use.

This was followed by a study in 2016 by WHO which recommended e-cigarettes should be banned in indoor areas or where smoking is prohibited.

In their findings, the WHO said that there was insufficient evidence to suggest that e-cigarettes help smokers give up, and that they encourage younger users to experiment with different flavours.

It added that while the products are less toxic than real cigarettes, they still pose a health risk.

The findings had a big effect on the governments of certain countries, with some banning vape pens altogether.

But to help you on your next holiday, we’ve produced a handy guide to where you can’t currently smoke e-cigarettes.

Countries where vaping is banned

Brits travelling to Thailand should leave their e-cigarettes behind or risk ending up in prison, as the country has some of the strictest laws.

According to the UK Foreign Office, any e-cigarettes found by Thai officials are likely to be confiscated, and the owner could fined or sent to prison for up to ten years.

Over in South America, Argentinian and Venezuelan officials frown on personal vaporisers.

While travellers have reported being able to vape in some public places, be aware that you may be fined.

Last year, Cambodia, Lebanon, Philippines and Vietnam joined Thailand in banning e-cigarettes as well.

Meanwhile, visitors to Brazil are also warned off smoking e-cigarettes – the country banned their manufacture and sale in 2014 and officials have been known to hand out fines for any product confiscated.

Uruguay also put a blanket ban on electronic cigarettes in 2009, when the Minister of Health claimed that the presence of toxic gases and lack of proof that e-cigarettes work as effective tools to quit smoking were reason enough.

Nearby Jordan, Oman and Qatar have also banned e-cigarettes, with the reasoning that nicotine is damaging to the health – despite the fact that cigarettes are still legal.

In Taiwan, e-cigarettes are classed as a regulated drug, meaning their import and sale can lead to prison sentences and fines.

Countries where vaping is restricted

While some countries ban vaping altogether, in others it’s more of a grey area.

In Australia for example, it is legal to use vape pens but the liquid nicotine is illegal, despite recent campaigning groups fighting to allow the use of nicotine.

Japan has the same law banning nicotine liquids.

Meanwhile in Canada, vaping is prohibited for under-19-year-olds. And while it is allowed in many establishments, it is seen as rude not to ask first.

A number of US states are also proposing new laws to prevent minors from buying vaping pens.

India is confusing as the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram and Maharashtra have banned vaping, while it is allowed in other parts of the country.

Hong Kong introduced a ban on the sales of vapes last month, and while vaping remains legal, could change very soon.

Most of Europe allows vaping, as long as it is not in a public establishment, but Norway is the exception to this as the use of nicotine with vaping is banned.

Dan Marchant, Director of Vape Club told Sun Online: “As the popularity and awareness of vaping increases around the world, the laws surrounding it are also constantly changing, so it is vital that Brits seek up to date advice before travelling.

“We hear of different attitudes towards vaping coming from countries where vape products have been banned, though of course if vaping is banned in your country of travel it’s best to not risk a fine, or worse, from the police.

“One other important thing to remember is to keep vape batteries in your hand luggage as they are required to be kept in a pressure controlled environment.”

Some countries have gone the other way and are legalising vaping and e-cigarettes – the Seycelles and the UAE are to allow them later this year.

In February, an e-cigarette erupted into flames in the overhead locker of a flight while passengers were boarding, although crew were quickly able to extinguish it.

The health benefits of vaping have been mixed, with many claiming they can cause lung problems and still contain harmful chemicals.

However they have been recommended by health officials as a way to give up smoking, with less health issues than normal cigarettes.

Emily Payne/The Sun