As hard it is to understand why (although it's not really!) in some countries it still illegal to vape. E-cigarettes have created an unusual situation where modern laws banning smoking do not apply. There’s currently no decent government studies to suggest that they are any better or worse for you. These two factors coupled together have created an unusual stalemate where their sale and use is entirely permissible in some countries and banned outright in others.  Here’s a list of the countries that have banned vaping! 

Please note: Some of the information rely on secondary sources and information which are subject to change. Also remember that even if e-cigarettes are legal in a country, there may be a lack of stores from which to buy refills from, so stock up before you go!

Europe:

  • Albania: Unclear
  • Andorra:Unclear.
  • Albania: Unclear
  • Austria: A previous ban on e-cigarette use has been lifted
  • Azerbaijn: Unclear
  • Belarous: Unclear
  • Belgium: Sale of ecigarettes with nicotine is illegal, but nicotine free eliquid is legal. ECigarettes and eliquid can be imported for personal use. Vaping is prohibited where smoking is (i.e. public places). Nicotine refills are classified as a medical product. (Thanks to Francois from The Belgium Association of Vapers (page since removed) for the information.)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina: Unclear
  • Bulgaria: Unclear
  • Croatia: Vaping banned in public places.
  • Cyprus: The use of e-cigarettes is legal.
  • Croatia: Vaping is banned in public places.
  • Czech Republic: Legal
  • Denmark: Ecigarettes and refills containing nicotine are classed as medical products.
  • Estonia: Legal.
  • Finland:  Legal – but as nicotine is considered a prescription drug it is illegal to sell cartridges or e-liquid containing nicotine. However, cartridges with less than 10mg of nicotine and e-liquid with less than 0.42g of nicotine can be legally imported for personal use. 
  • France: Vaping is legal
  • Georgia: Unclear.
  • Gremany: Vaping is legal
  • Greece: Appears legal but unclear.
  • Hungary: The sale and use of e-cigs are legal, however the sale of products containing nicotine are prohibited – stock up!
  • Iceland:  E-cigarettes are legal, however cartridges and refills containing more than 0.9mg of nicotine are illegal.
  • Ireland: Import, sale and use of electronic cigarettes is permitted. Banned on all public transport.
  • Italy: Vaping is legal
  • Kazakhstan: Unclear
  • Kosovo: Unclear
  • Latvia: E-cigarettes currently permitted, posible future ban.
  • Liechtenstein: Unclear
  • Lithuania: Vaping is banned.
  • Luxemburg: Vaping is legal.
  • Macedonia: Unclear.
  • Malta: The use of e-cigarettes in public places is banned.
  • Moldova: Unclear
  • Monaco: Unclear
  • Montenegro: Unclear.
  • Netherlands: Vaping is legal.
  • Norway: Electronic cigarette devices are legal. However, the sale of cartridges and e-liquids containing nicotine are prohibited.
  • Poland: Vaping is legal however banned on public transport.
  • Portugal: Vaping is legal.
  • Romania: Vaping is legal.
  • Russia: Vaping is legal.
  • San Marino: Unclear.
  • Serbia: Ecigs are currently legal but are treated as smoking, and are prohibited where smoking is banned.
  • Slovakia: E-cigarettes are considered a medicinal product. Electronic cigarettes are also banned in public places.
  • Slovenia: Vaping is currently permitted, possible future ban.
  • Spain: Vaping is legal although banned in public places.
  • Sweden: E-cigarettes are legal, however the sale of cartridges and e-liquids containing nicotine are prohibited. 
  • Switzerland: E-Cigarettes are permitted, but the sale of nicotine containing cartridges and e-liquids are not. Importation for personal use is allowed however.
  • Turkey: Vaping is banned.
  • Ukraine: E-cigs in Ukraine fall under the same laws as regular cigarettes, therefore cannot be smoked in public places.
  • United Kingdom: Vaping is legal.