Travelling Brits warned vaping in these countries could land you in jail

It’s finally summer so many Brits are jetting off to warmer climates and enjoying the sunbeds by the pool.

We all love the food, weather and beaches when abroad – but not every country accepts the same rules as the UK.

Britain’s 3.3 million vapers are being warned to check for any restrictions on vapes and e-cigarettes in their destination – or they could receive a hefty fine or a prison sentence.

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In fact, vaping in certain countries could land you with a jail sentence or massive fine.

Brits who travel with vapes or e-cigarettes are being warned by vape pod retailer Vape Club to check for any restrictions on the devices in their destination.

The most serious punishments are in the popular destinations of Thailand, Singapore and Australia.

Unsuspecting tourists in Thailand could be fined up to 30,000 baht (around £700) or sent to prison for up to 10 years.

In Singapore, possessing an e-cigarette could mean a fine of S$2,000 (about £1,200).

Australia recently announced a crackdown on vapes containing nicotine, which now require a doctor’s prescription.

To avoid a huge fine of up to A$222,000 (over £125,000), vapers travelling to the country should make certain they don’t take any nicotine e-liquid with them.

Some Australian states even impose prison sentences for importing nicotine e-liquid.

Last year, beaches in popular Spanish destinations such as Barcelona announced a smoking ban, which came into force from 1st July.

This is being enforced at 115 of Spain's 3,514 beaches, including in the Costa Del Sol and Belearic isles.

While this is specifically a ban on cigarettes, ecigarette users should check with the authorities that they’re safe to vape.

Football fans heading to the Qatar 2022 World Cup could get three months in prison or a fine of up to 10,000 riyals (around £2,200) for vaping.

Other countries that have banned the smoking cessation method include Turkey, Brazil, Japan, the Seychelles and Barbados.

According to the ONS, the number of vapers in the UK has risen by almost 80% since they began tracking use in 2014.

Before they board an airline or relax with a vape on the beach abroad, Britain’s 3.3 million vapers should check the local regulations.

Dan Marchant, director of Vape Club, says: "Even as the popularity of vaping increases around the world, the laws surrounding it are constantly changing, so travellers really need up-to-date advice before going anywhere.

It's imperative that any vaper looks into the country’s vaping laws before they go ahead and book their holiday to avoid running in to a difficult situation.

If you have booked trip to a country where vaping is banned, it is best not to risk a fine or worse being chucked in a cell.

Football fans heading to Qatar for the World Cup need to be especially careful: the penalties there are particularly severe.

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If your destination is open to vaping and you are travelling by plane, please remember this important safety advice.

Always keep your batteries and vaping devices in your hand luggage as they need to stay in a pressure controlled environment, and must not be left in your checked baggage.


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