Whether you are a seasoned jet-setter or planning your first big trip, ensuring a smooth journey requires careful preparation, particularly when it comes to carrying items that are subject to specific regulations. Disposable vapes have gained popularity as a convenient and often more socially-acceptable alternative to traditional smoking. According to a report by Grand View Research, the global e-cigarette and vape market size was valued at USD 15.7 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28.1% from 2021 to 2028.
Traveling is an exhilarating experience, but it can also be filled with numerous details to remember, especially when it comes to abiding by various rules and regulations. With this surge in use, it’s essential for travelers to understand the rules and best practices for carrying disposable vapes on their travels. This article will guide you through the fundamentals with handy tips to help you travel with a disposable vape hassle-free, while respecting laws and regulations of different countries and airlines.
1. Know the Regulations
Before you pack, research the regulations on disposable vapes for both your departure and arrival destinations, as well as any countries you may have layovers in. According to the TSA, the United States allows passengers to carry vapes in their carry-on bags, but not in checked luggage. Gov.UK reports that countries such as Thailand and Brazil have stricter regulations on vaping products. Vaping is banned in the United Kingdom and penalties include fines up to 10x the value of your electronic cigarette supply and in some countries, can lead to imprisonment.
2. Quantity Limits
Take into consideration the limit on liquid quantities. For example, the TSA only allows electronic smoking devices in carry-on bags and each lithium ion battery must not exceed a Watt-hour (Wh) rating of 100 Wh; or for lithium metal batteries, a lithium content of 2 grams. Containers of liquids, including e-liquids, cannot exceed 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) and passengers are required to take effective measures for preventing accidental activation of the heating element of the device during transportation. The FAA lists numerous examples of effective measures to meet these regulations on their website. Check with your airline about any limitations on the number of devices that can be carried for personal use by a passenger and be sure to monitor the site for any changes or updates before traveling.
3. Discretion and Courtesy
Sorry to disappoint or thwart your airplane jitter coping mechanism, but using vapes on planes is prohibited. A study published in 2017 by the CDC stated that 79% of airports surveyed across the U.S. prohibited the use of e-cigarettes indoors. Further, the recycled air in the cabin of the plane could result in second hand smoke (or vapor) to fellow passengers. This could put passengers with respiratory issues at risk for a medical emergency. Vaping is widely prohibited in the majority of Asia, the Middle East, and South America, but is not limited to these domains. Accessing sites such as the International Trade Administration and US Customs and Border Protection (.gov), will provide you with invaluable information so you can confidently travel with your disposable vape worry free. Always use your vape product discreetly and respectfully, considering local customs and regulations.
4. Stocking Up
Once you have confirmed the rules and regulations on the use of electronic cigarettes according to the government site of your travel destination, it is wise to stock up. Although vaping in and of itself may not be illegal, it is common that the sale of disposable vapes is illegal. Since regulations vary, and availability might be uncertain, it’s wise to carry enough disposable vapes to last your entire trip. However, keep in mind the liquid quantity restrictions for carry-ons.
5. Consider Alternatives
Before traveling, think about possible alternatives to disposable vapes that might be easier to travel with, such as nicotine patches or gum. These are always available at the counter of your local pharmacy and can save you a lot of trouble or stress due to any uncertainty on locational regulations.
6. Age Restrictions
Keep in mind that the legal age for vaping varies by country. For example, in the United States, the FDA states that the legal age is 21, while in the UK, it is 18.
When traveling with disposable vapes, knowledge and preparation are key. Always check the latest regulations, be mindful of quantities, and exercise discretion and respect for local customs. Mexico for example, has the right to both fine and detain you if your disposable vape is found in your possession. Planning ahead and considering alternatives can make for a hassle-free trip.
Traveling with a disposable vape requires careful planning and an understanding of the regulations and customs of your travel destinations. Remember to pack your vapes safely, respect liquid limits, and exercise discretion and courtesy when using them. Equipping yourself with proper documentation if necessary and keeping abreast of age restrictions will also help in ensuring a smooth journey. With mindful preparation, you can enjoy your travels while responsibly indulging in your vaping preferences. Safe travels!