What Is the Legal Age to Vape in Different Countries?
The vaping trend continues to spread across the globe with speed and intensity. The Legal Age to Vape in Different Countries is what you should to know before start a vaping business.
The vaping trend continues to spread across the globe with speed and intensity. Today, we have so many choices when it comes to vaping devices, mods and e-liquids, that this hobby is not going anywhere anytime soon. Vape juices alone come in so many different aromas and colours, ranging from Tortoise blood, CBD oil to Frosted O's. The vaping experience is diverse and it can be custom-tailored for everyone.
However, every country has different laws and policies when it comes to vaping, and in this article, we are going to address the minimum legal age required for vaping in some of them.
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The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has a very progressive and liberal stance when it comes to vaping. Vaping is permitted almost everywhere, and there are vape stores in every major UK city. From 2015, the legal age for vaping is over the age of 18. The fine for retailers that sell vape devices to minors/people under the age of 18 is £2,500 for each offense.
The United States of America
The legal age for vaping in the USA varies from state to state, so if you’re traveling in the USA, you need to check that particular state’s law. It mostly ranges from over the age of 18 to 21. The federal legal age for vaping is over the age of 18, but some of the states have passed more restrictive laws when it comes to this subject. For example, if you want to buy a vaping device in Alabama, you’ll have to be at least 19, but if you're going to do the same in the other states in the USA, you’ll have to be at least over the age of 18.
Australia and New Zealand
Australia tends to have a stricter policy when it comes to vaping, although vaping itself is permitted. The legal age is over 18, but each state has its laws, which impose certain limitations regarding buying, selling and advertising vaping equipment. For example, South Australia is the most liberal of them all, because it permits using vape juices with nicotine, but not selling them. On the other hand, you have Queensland, which is extremely restrictive because it doesn’t allow vaping in free-vape zones, selling or using vape juices with nicotine, importing vape juices with nicotine and other additional restrictions.
New Zealand, however, contradictory to Australia, is rather liberal when it comes to the subject of vaping. The legal age is over the age of 18, and the Health Ministry in New Zealand validated vaping devices and classified them as “a harm reduction and smoking cessation tool”.
Canada does not have any legal requirements or restrictions on a federal level when it comes to vaping (using, selling or buying). In fact, Canada legalized medical cannabis nationwide in 2001, and the recreational use of the plant in 2018.
That speaks volumes about their liberal policy. Nonetheless, this subject of vaping is regulated on the municipal level, and there are certain restrictions in some parts of the country. The general age limit is over the age of 18 or 19. For example, in Ontario, you have to be 19, but in Manitoba, you have to be 18.
The European Union
The European Union functions as one legal entity, which encompasses different countries, and all of them have individual laws and special rules and restrictions on the subject of smoking or vaping. Thus, it’s not simple to derive only one legal framework for the entire EU, although the legal age in most parts is over the age of 18.
The general policy may be liberal, but the taxation in the EU on vaping devices is restrictive. Italy passed a tax law in 2017 that made vaping more costly than smoking. On the other hand, some countries like Croatia and Germany don’t allow vaping in closed public areas, since it is classified in the same category as smoking.
Some countries in the world don’t allow vaping at all, such as Dubai, Turkey, Egypt, Brazil, Singapore and the Seychelles.