27 May Vaping While Traveling Abroad – How to Stay Compliant with Regulations
Planning a trip to an overseas location? Regardless of whether you’re planning a business trip or vacation, one of the first questions you’ll likely have is about vaping supplies. Bringing along your favorite flavors, coils, and gadgets with an extra charger or two is a great idea in case they are not available in the location where you travel. Before you leave home, it is advisable to find out about the applicable vaping regulations at your destination. Many countries have effectively banned vaping in public, and you risk severe penalties for breaking the rules. Here’s some info you’ll find helpful.
TSA Rules for Bringing E-Cigs, Vapes, and E-Juices
Transport Security Administration (TSA) has strict regulations to ensure the safety of the passengers and eliminate hazards:
- TSA permits passengers to bring their vapes aboard flights, but in their carry-on cabin baggage only.
- You will not be allowed to pack supplies in the checked-in bags for safety concerns. And, that includes atomizers and batteries.
- When bringing your favorite Yami Vapor e-liquids, you can get only 100mL bottles.
- Quantities more than 100mL should be stored in the checked-in bags. For this reason, travelers are advised to carry extra-small bottles made with plastic so they can split the e-juices into smaller quantities.
- Avoid using glass since it is a breakage hazard that you want to avoid. Place the e-juice in a clear-sided Ziploc that clearly displays its contents. You’ll also prevent the possibility of the bottle leaking in response to low cabin pressure.
- The Federal Aviation Administration permits you to bring AA, AAA, C, and D safely, but Lithium batteries are a fire hazard and should be carried with complete precautions.
- When Lithium batteries are exposed to high temperatures and low cabin pressure in the aircraft, they can react in unexpected ways and even set off a fire.
- If you’re asked to, you’ll separate the vapes and their batteries and store them separately until you disembark. And, no! Vaping is not permitted aboard flights.
With vaping technology advancing quickly, you should take time to research for information about how batteries and atomizers may react to high altitude conditions and work out how to handle them safely.
Rules in Overseas Countries for Vaping
Several countries have banned vaping entirely and you risk fines, jail terms, and even deportation for vaping in public. If you are visiting Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, and Hong Kong, you’ll have to put your cloud chasing on hold entirely. European countries like France, Germany, the UK, Spain, and Italy have liberal rules and you’ll often see people vaping on the streets. However, you might want to check for specific public areas where you’re allowed to vape.
When entering businesses or restaurants, look for signs permitting patrons to smoke and vape. Public transit like the London Underground and the EU railway also don’t allow you to vape. The ban typically covers stations, so it is advisable to refrain.
While you would want to enjoy vaping on vacation, it is best to do your research about the local laws and plan your trip accordingly.