Vaping Prohibition and You!

How can a country that trumpets liberty and personal freedom constrict the passions of its citizens? If a new law is passed, how is it enforced? History shows again and again the long-term repercussions of prohibition: black markets, organized crime, political turmoil, and the criminalization of common folk. With the recent backlashes against the community, we must be unrelenting in our battle against vaping prohibition.

Several countries have restricted sales of vaping products senselessly. Border seizures, possession charges, and laughably steep fines have kept vapers from their e-juice. The United States is in a state of flux. Currently, vaping products are considered unregulated tobacco products by the federal government. In 2010, the FDA attempted a ban that was rejected by appeal courts. As of April 25th, 2014, the FDA issued a “deeming rule” proposition, lumping vapor into the “tobacco products” category. Imagine where it could go from there! It might come to a country-wide vaping prohibition.

Vaping Prohibition

The following countries have banned vaping products*:

Albania: Bans importation, distribution, and advertising.

Austria: Only permitted for licensed medical practices.

Brazil: Import, sale, and advertising forbidden.

Brunei: Sales banned. $10,000 dollar fine for violations.

Columbia: Banned absolutely.

Indonesia: Banned absolutely.

Malaysia: Only for medical purposes with proper licensure.

Mexico: Bans on importation, distribution, and advertising.

Oman: All sales banned.

Panama: Import, sales, and marketing banned.

Qatar: Banned absolutely.

Singapore: Banned absolutely. $5,000 fine for violations.

Taiwan: Banned absolutely.

Thailand: Banned absolutely.

Turkey: Banned absolutely.

United Arab Emirates (including Dubai): Banned absolutely.

Uruguay: Banned absolutely.

Venezuela: Banned absolutely.

If vaping prohibition were to happen in the USA (and this is a big “if”), chaos would ensue. Avid vapers may start buying packs of smokes again. Dejected vapers might become vapor boot-leggers, and a dangerous black market would flourish. Vapor speakeasies would sprout across the nation, and our policing resources would be squandered on enforcement of a needless prohibition. This is speculation, but with the frenzy of anti-vaping zealots in positions of power, who knows what could happen?

If the vaping industry is choked by unfair restriction and regulation, countless vapor businesses would go under. At this juncture, consumers would likely turn to the world’s second largest world economy– the black market, which brings in nearly $10 trillion annually. Ironically, the push to regulate could drive vapers to buy from unregulated street-level dealers. If public health is the concern, driving vapers away from business and into the clutches of smugglers is a worst-case scenario. If street-dealing went mainstream, youngsters could get e-juice and hardware easily and illegally. Newly illegitimate consumers would live in a world of risk of paranoia; they’d suddenly be criminals, with no recourse or product safety. This legislation under the banner of “public health” would make America a more dangerous place.

Something to think about:

Do you see a ban or vaping prohibition in the near future? If so, will it happen suddenly, or incrementally?

*Source: E-Cigarette Politics

Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

  • Lee says:

    United Arab Emirates (including Dubai) has a sales and import ban (like the rest of the GCC) but you can vape without issue in public, unlike Singapore where it is illegal to vape because the government wants the tax money cigarettes bring in.

    • Kenny Spotz says:

      Interesting, thanks for the info, Lee. It’s strange how some countries are so stringent on importation rules but will then let you vape in public as much as you like.

  • BD says:

    It’s all about the dollar. It was never about Public health or safety. The only way to combat blind politicians is to VOTE THEM OUT. They only covet their jobs and the easy money. You know what to do next election. It’s not about party lines anymore. So, VOTE THEM OUT!

  • Haliq says:

    I’m a Bruneian, and vape is a flourishing I
    Legal business in Brunei. My mate can get me a mod+tank in no time but it is true. I run the risk of meeting a street level smuggler whom I met before. Not only that, the prices of vape is exaggerAted highly as to get it in the country itself asks for a huge service fee. The illegal industry also targets newbies and make them pay an already exaggerated price for more. Enforcement of the restriction is to an extent nothing. Whelp, can’t do anything about it. Your welcome for the inside info

  • Matt says:

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  • Monx says:

    Hi. In reading one of the comments that although sales of the devices are banned in UAE, what’s the take on Qatar? I’m planning on visiting next year, and if i can bring my set-up, batts, and juice with me?

    • John Swanke says:

      Laws concerning ecigs are changing so rapidly I am not sure what the current legal status in Qatar is. A quick google search suggests that vaping is allowed in smoking areas, but I am not 100% clear. It would be best if you contacted the places you are visiting and asked them what their stance on vaping is.

      • Karim says:

        Importation and sale of vapes in Qatar is completely illegal, but there is a flourishing illegal e cig business (prices are unbelievably high). It isn’t hard to bring them into the country by plane (take it apart) and no one cares if you use them in public as long as you don’t use them inside

  • Shane day says:

    I have lost a large number of family members to lung cancer brought on by cigarettes, I was glad to see a healthier alternative. It seems that the FDA wanting to heavily regulate ecigs and eliquids for “health and safety reasons” when they allow these cancer sticks to be so readily available with little to no restrictions. They even ignore the fact that vaping is in fact healthier than smoking and ignore the fact that vaping has scientifically proven to be healthier than smoking. It seems that our government could care less about us as long as they can make a quick buck.

    • Josh Hanna says:

      It does seem that way. The fight is far from over and we are not going to give up. Remember to be patient, the future has not been written yet. 🙂

  • Dale Bull says:

    eventually sir it is not ban absolutely in United Arab Emirates (includes Dubai) as to which they do have a store of vapes kindly see the link http://www.vapeuae.com/.

    • Josh Hanna says:

      They are illegal to have. There are people who fly in and are told by police that they are illegal. I am not sure why there are stores selling them if people are being told they are illegal. The police, thankfully, do not take away the devices though, from what I have read.

  • Fred Saj says:

    Vape is much better than cigarette thanks for sharing this Article 🙂 It really helped me out because I am really into vape 🙂

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