If you enjoy both vaping and traveling, it's important to make sure that the country you're visiting is vape-friendly. Undoubtedly, you would want to enjoy your favorite e-cigarette during your visit to tourist attractions, try local cuisine, or simply soak up the sun on a remote beach without the risk of being frowned upon or, worse, fined.
While currently there aren't many countries that are 100% vape-friendly, a small number of them embrace vaping, with some governments actively promoting it as an alternative to smoking.
Here are 3 of the most popular vaping destinations in the world:
Popular among tourists who love stunning landscapes (and Lord of the Rings), New Zealand should be on your list if you want to visit a vape-friendly country.
E-cigarettes are not only widely available (to individuals over 18 years old), but their use is allowed in most outdoor areas and some indoor ones as well. At the same time, the New Zealand government actively promotes vaping to help people quit smoking.
Alongside providing education to residents, debunking myths about vaping, and encouraging employers to consider making their workplaces vape-friendly, the New Zealand Ministry of Health has funded numerous studies aiming to prove that vaping is an effective smoking cessation aid.
All of these efforts are part of the government's plan to make the country smoke-free by 2025, and it seems to be working, with conventional cigarette sales significantly declining in recent years.
New Zealand's stance on vaping differs greatly from its neighboring country, Australia, which is not only one of the most expensive countries for vaping but also bans nicotine-containing e-liquids.
Η στάση της Νέας Ζηλανδίας σχετικά με το άτμισμα διαφέρει σε μεγάλο βαθμό από αυτή της γειτονικής Αυστραλίας, η οποία δεν είναι μόνο μία από τις πιο ακριβές χώρες για να ατμίζεις, αλλά και απαγορεύει και τα υγρά αναπλήρωσης με νικοτίνη.
A vaper's journey through the United States can be confusing. In one state, you could be enjoying a fruity or sweet-flavored e-liquid, and as soon as you cross the border into a neighboring state, the only e-liquids available to you would be tobacco-flavored ones.
While many U.S. states have introduced flavor bans on e-liquids, beyond tobacco flavors, the "Sunshine State" of Florida is taking a different approach thanks to its vape-friendly governor.
After reviewing scientific evidence, Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill that would have banned the sale of flavored e-liquids, stating:
"Hundreds of thousands of Floridians rely on non-tobacco flavors as a less harmful alternative to smoking, which is more dangerous."
Any Floridian citizen above the age of 21 can purchase vaping products, and their use is permitted in most outdoor areas, meaning you can sit back and enjoy your e-cigarette on one of the famous beaches.
Walk into any central location in the United Kingdom, and it's highly likely that you will see at least one vape shop and someone vaping outside it.
The United Kingdom has gained a positive reputation within the vaping community due to its vape-friendly approach.
Vaping is widely accepted in the UK, with 3 million e-cigarette users, and it's allowed in the majority of outdoor public spaces.
The United Kingdom still adheres to the EU's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), imposing restrictions on advertising. However, vaping products are widely available, ranging from specialized stores to supermarkets, and any citizen over 18 years old can purchase them.
Many major e-liquid brands worldwide come from the United Kingdom, and currently, there are no limitations on e-liquid flavors, with options being limitless.
In recent years, the UK government has defended vaping as a less harmful alternative to smoking. It has funded studies on the health effects of vaping compared to smoking, which resulted in Public Health England announcing that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking.
The UK's Ministry of Health has recently announced a plan for the trial distribution of free e-cigarettes to patients as part of smoking cessation services.
Why only 3 countries?
You'll notice that the list of 100% vape-friendly countries is relatively small, and each one has its own restrictions. While science can prove that vaping aids in reducing smoking, myths and misconceptions that vaping is a new tactic by big tobacco companies hinder the journey towards a smoke-free world.
Ideally, countries like Canada, which actively promotes smoking cessation, and the Netherlands, known for its relaxed and liberal attitude, should have been included in the list. However, there are rumors of impending bans on flavored e-cigarettes in both countries, which could change soon.
On the other hand, the continuous emergence of new evidence on vaping means that more countries might change their stance and become more vape-friendly in the future. Achieving this, however, requires ongoing efforts from scientists who have already invested so much time and energy in researching and studying the benefits of vaping.