E-Cigarettes are often the best alternative to regular cigarettes and the future of smoking. Though e-cigs have attained immense popularity over time, their usage is still plagued with controversy, mainly due to the associated smoking laws in various countries. So, if you have just started using e-cigarettes, you might or might not be familiar with the associated laws which you should adhere to while using e-cigs. You should ask the most basic questions regarding these rules to yourself beforehand - Where can you smoke them? Where can you purchase them and their tobacco flavoured refills? Is it legal to travel with them?
So, among all these queries, the most fascinating one is “Is it legal to travel with them?” and we shall dig into it further in this discussion.
Before you pack your bags, let’s have a look at the essential vaping supplies that you will need.
Vaping Supplies You Need to Carry
# Batteries & Cartridges
You should have adequate batteries and cartridges. The last thing you desire in your long-haul flight or train journey is a dead battery which puts a break on your nicotine addiction.
You’ll need 2 to 3 batteries, one to use, one that is charged and a backup just in case you get a dead battery on your trip.
# A Small Kit with E-Liquids
You’ll need to assemble a kit to be kept in a tiny zip-purse which includes some bottles of your premium e-liquids. You can keep a variety of flavoured e-liquid that includes tobacco flavours, fruity flavours and mentholated flavours.
You may not find your perfect e-liquid when your away so make sure you take enough liquid to last your whole trip.
Now that the packing is done, it is essential for you to have a look at the associated rules when traveling with various modes of transport.
Associated Rules When Traveling
1) By Air
Most airlines permit e-cigarettes to be taken on board in your boarding luggage, but it’s necessary to check with the concerned airline before you travel. For instance, Easy Jet allows you to carry an e-cigarette with only two spare batteries.
It is normally not an issue to take little e-liquid bottles on planes as it falls below the 100 ml liquid limit. Of course, you would be required to place the e-liquid in a clear plastic bag along with your other liquids.
So the query “Can you bring a vape on a plane” differs from airline to airline, thus you should check it out prior to your travel. Here are a few FAQs that attempt to answer all your queries.
- Can I put e-cigs in checked luggage?
E-cig batteries are now prohibited globally in checked luggage, so all batteries need to be placed in hand luggage. This is because since your e-cig is powered by a battery, when activated in a small confined space it may overheat and can result in severe accidents and may even cause fires.
- Can I charge my e-cig in the aircraft?
E-cig devices are no longer permitted to be charged on the aircraft. It is highly recommended to abide by their rules in order to avoid any complications.
- Is vaping allowed on a plane?
You cannot vape e-cigs on a plane.
- Are E-Cigs allowed in airports?
Electronic cigarettes can be carried to any area of the airport, like the secure areas of the terminal beyond the security screening spots. However, as airports regard e-cigs to be a form of smoking, they can be used only in the places where smoking is permitted.
2) By Cruise
Electronic cigarettes can also be conveniently used on most cruises; most important cruise lines don’t have any issue with them as they don’t cause a fire hazard or emit harsh odours. However, there are a few cruise lines like Celebrity and Carnival who restrict vaping to smoking areas.
Now that you are clear with the rules and regulations, it is the right time to have a look on vaping rules followed by various places when you reach there.
Places to Vape In
Most government buildings, hospitals, pubs, restaurants, airports, bus and train stations have prohibited smoking at all costs. Though e-cigarettes are smokeless, these places have also prohibited vaping as it is impossible to spot the difference between an e-cig and a normal cigarette.
Various countries have also banned the sales of e-cigarettes and may seize your supplies at the airport which depends on the particular airline and the discretion of the airport safety. These countries comprise Argentina, Austria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Panama, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela apart from others.
It is recommended to check with the country you’re visiting as some have banned e-cigs completely where as some have only banned the sale of e-cigs so you can take them for personal use.
If you are an e-cig user and intend to travel with them, it’s vital to know the law of your traveling country. It is better to be safe than to be sorry. It is also highly recommended to check with your airline to find out if you are permitted to carry e-cigs on their aircraft.