Smoking Laws by Country
We have compiled this list of smoking laws for you so to inform you of the rules regarding smoking and vaping in different countries. Please note that in some countries laws effecting e-cigarette may differ drastically from those effecting regular cigarettes. This list is up to date to our knowledge, if however you are aware of legal changes in these countries please let us know so we can update the list.
C: Indicates laws relating to regular cigarettes.
E: Indicates laws relating to E-cigarettes.
C: With around 40% of Albanians smoking cigarettes regularly they rank second in a list of highest smoking rates in European countries. Only the Turkey’s population smokes more they do. On the 30th of May 2007 they passed a law banning all smoking advertisement and banned smoking in closed public places.
C: Andorra has a ban on smoking in public places since the 13th of December 2012. Exceptions are made for bars and restaurants that have specific smoking rooms in which no food or drinks may be served.
C: The ministry of Health believes that 33.5% of the argentine population smokes with 30% having started before the age of 11. On the 1st of June 2011 Argentina banned all smoking from pubic places.
E: In May 2011 Argentine banned the sales, import and promotion of e-cigarette. Experts claimed the e-cigarettes “sabotaged smoking prevention efforts”.
C: In March 2006 Armenia banned smoking in all public places expert special secluded smoking areas.
Smoking laws differ per state in Australia.
South Australia, Victoria & Western Australia:
C: South Australia, Victoria & Western Australia both have a ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces.
New South Wales:
C: In New South Wales there is a ban on smoking in all public spaces and in a car if it contains a passenger under the age of 16.
C: Tasmania has a ban on all indoor public spaces and a ban on smoking inside a car with a passenger under the age of 18.
C: Queensland has a ban on smoking in all public spaces and a ban on smoking inside a car with a passenger under the age of 18.
E: There is a ban on the importing, selling and possessing nicotine. There for the e-cigarette hardware and non-nicotine e-juice is legal but nicotine-containing e-juice is not.
Australian Capital Territory:
C: Australian Capital Territory has a ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces.
E: Although the possession of nicotine fluids is legal the buying and selling of them is not.
C: The Northern Territory has a ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces.
E: You are allowed to be in possession of nicotine containing substances if you apply for a permit.
C: Smoking is banned in all enclosed public spaces unless it’s a eating or drinking establishment no bigger then 50m2
E: E-Cigarettes are considered a medical product and must their fore be registered before being sold to the public.
C: Bahrain has banned smoking in public spaces and it is illegal to advertise cigarette products.
E: There is a ban on importing e-cigarette and can only be sold pharmacies and must contain the same health warnings as normal cigarettes.
C: Cigarettes are banned from most public spaces, including bars and restaurants.
E: E-Cigarettes fall under the same laws as normal cigarettes.
C: Cigarettes are banned in all enclosed work spaces in Bermuda, this includes bars and restaurants.
C: Bhutan has a strict smoking ban, making it illegal to sell or smuggle tobacco products in the country. There is also a three-year jail sentence for anyone found smoking in a restricted area.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
C: Bosnia and Herzegovina has a ban on smoking inside public buildings.
C: In Brazil there is a ban on smoking in all enclosed spaces except specifically designated areas. The legal age for buying cigarettes is 18.
E: There is a ban on any sale, import or advertising of e-cigarettes in Brazil.
C: there is a ban on smoking in all public spaces in Bulgaria.
C: In Canada smoking is banned from all public spaces unless there is a designated smoking room. Smoking is also banned in cars if a passenger is under the age of 14.
E: There is a ban on the import and advertising of e-cigarettes in Canada and an advice to consumers not to use them.
C: Chile has a ban on smoking in all public enclosed spaces.
C: There is a ban on smoking in public enclosed spaces in all of China.
C: Colombia has a ban on smoking in public places. It also prohibited for companies selling tobacco products to advertise, promote or sponsor. The used of words such as “light” or “mild are banned from packaging and at least 30% of the front and back must contain health warnings.
C: Costa Rica has banned smoking from all public spaces, smoking areas are not permitted and no tobacco products are allowed to advertise.
C: In Croatia there is a ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces except psychiatric wards.
E: E-Cigarettes fall under the same laws as normal cigarettes this includes a ban on advertising.
C: It is prohibited to smoke in the workspaces or sell tobacco products close to schools.
C: Cyprus has banned smoking in bars, restaurants, nightclubs and workplaces.
C: Smoking is banned in public places except restaurants, bars and clubs, who only have to put up a sign mentioning if smoking is allowed and if they have a non-smoking area.
C: There is a ban on smoking in all public indoor areas. The only exception from the ban is for establishments with an area less than 40 square metre, which do not serve fresh food.
C: Smoking is banned from all public indoor spaces. Health warnings must cover 90% of all cigarette packaging and advertising in only allowed in paces accessible to people over the age of 18 only.
C: Smoking is banned in all indoor public spaces except for isolated smoking rooms.
E: Nicotine fluids are illegal in Estonia so only non-nicotine e-liquids can legally be sold.
C: Smoking is banned in all enclosed public spaces on the Falkland Islands including in busses and taxies.
C: the Faroe Islands have banned smoking from all public enclosed spaces.
C: Finland has banned smoking from all enclosed public spaces.
E: E-Cigarettes and non-nicotine contain e-juice are legal however nicotine liquids can’t be sold in Finland. Although it is legal to import e-juice with no more then 0,42 g nicotine per jar or cartridges with no more then 10 mg nicotine as long as it’s for private use. Advertising of e-cigarettes however is prohibited.
C: Smoking is banned in all public spaces unless there is a special smoking room, no service can be provided in these rooms.
E: E-cigarettes are banned from public spaces and are can’t to be advertised in France.
C: Laws differ per state in Germany although most ban smoking in enclosed public spaces. Some states allow for separate smoking rooms.
E: The sale of E-cigarettes is banned from shops but customers can still buy them over the Internet.
C: Smoking has been banned from all enclosed public spaces in Gibraltar.
C: Smoking is banned in all enclosed public spaces in Greece, including taxi’s.
C: Smoking is banned in Guatemala in most work places such as health-care facilities, governmental facilities, schools, universities, airports, bars and restaurants.
C: Honduras has a ban on smoking in all public indoor spaces.
E: Honduras’s smoking laws also include the use of e-cigarettes making it illegal to use them in public indoor spaces.
C: Hong Kong has a ban on smoking in all public spaces including beaches and parks.
E: The possession or sale of e-cigarettes is illegal in Hong Kong.
C: Hungary has banned smoking in all public spaces.
E: In Hungary you can only buy e-cigarettes of the Internet because they are classed as medication and are not yet certified to be sold in pharmacies.
C: Smoking cigarettes has been banned in almost all public places in Iceland.
E: Any nicotine product containing more then 0,9 mg of nicotine is banned in Iceland, forcing retailers to sell mostly nicotine free e-juice.
C: India has a nation wide smoking ban in public spaces unless there is a designated separate smoking area.
C: Indonesia has a ban on smoking in public access places with hotels, bars and restaurants allowed to have separate smoking rooms.
C: Iran has a strict smoking ban on smoking in public spaces including smoking wastepipes and smoking inside cars.
C: Irelands has banned smoking from all public spaces and the advertising of tobacco products.
C: Israel has a ban on smoking in public enclosed spaces.
C: Italy has a ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces meaning people can still smoke at restaurants as long as they sit outside.
E: E-cigarettes cannot be sold to people under the age of 16.
C: Jamaica has a ban on smoking in indoor public areas.
C: Although some prefectures in Japan have some for of smoking ban there is no national smoking ban in place. Cigarettes can be sold to anyone over the age of 12.
E: Shops are not allowed to sell products containing nicotine so they cannot sell e-juice with nicotine, however users are allowed to import nicotine containing e-juice from abroad for personal use.
C: in Kazakhstan smoking is prohibited in public spaces.
C: In Kenya smoking in indoor public spaces in banned except for specially designated smoking areas.
C: Kuwait has banned smoking in all public indoor spaces except shisha parlours.
C: Latvia has a complete ban on smoking in all public places and at least ten meters from the entrance of public buildings.
E: Anyone buying e-cigarettes must be at least 18 years of age.
C: In public areas smoking is only permitted in specifically designated smoking areas.
E: E-cigarettes are banned in Lithuania.
C: Smoking is prohibited in any enclosed public spaces in Lebanon.
E: E-cigarettes are sold in pharmacies in Lebanon.
C: Luxembourg has a ban on smoking in publicly enclosed spaces and in cafes during the hours that food is served.
C: Smoking is prohibited in enclosed public spaces in Madagascar.
C: Malta has banned smoking from all public spaces with the exception to specially designated smoking areas.
C: Malaysia has a ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces including privet workspaces with air-conditioning.
C: Mauritius has banned smoking in all public spaces.
C: In Mexico smoking indoors is banned in primary and secondary schools and in government facilities. In other public places people can smoking in designated smoking areas.
E: Mexico has banned the selling and importing of e-cigarettes.
C: Monaco had a ban on smoking in indoor public spaces.
C: In Montenegro it’s prohibited to smoke in any public space. Advertizing of tobacco products and people smoking on TV is also banned.
C: Morocco has a ban on smoking in public spaces.
C: Mozambique has banned smoking in indoor public spaces.
C: Namibia has banned smoking in all public spaces.
C: There is a smoking ban in Nepal on in all public spaces and 75% of cigarette packaging need consist of health warnings.
C: Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings and transport.
E: The Netherlands has banned advertising of e-cigarette.
C: Smoking has been banned in all public spaces and the New Zealand government want the country to be fully smoke free by 2025.
E: Nicotine containing e-juice is only available in pharmacies.
C: Norway has a ban on smoking in all public areas.
E: E-cigarettes and the e-juice can only be imported from other EEU countries.
C: Panama has a ban on smoking in all public spaces, including outside areas and balconies of restaurants and bars.
C: Paraguay has restricted smoking in all public indoor areas.
C: In Pakistan smoking is restricted in all public buildings. It is also illegal to sell cigarettes within 50 meters of an educational facility.
C: Peru has made it illegal to smoke in any public space, indoor as well as outdoors.
C: There are different laws per province in the Philippines although most have banned smoking from specific public buildings and gasoline stations.
E: E-Cigarettes are not prohibited in the Philippines but the health minister has advised against the use of tobacco related product.
C: In Poland smoking is banned from al indoor public spaces, venues hosting cultural or sporting events and public transport. Large restaurants can be an exception if there is a separated, properly ventilated, smoking room.
E: Poland has banned the advertising of e-cigarettes.
C: Portugal has a ban on smoking in most public indoor spaces. There is an exception to restaurants and bars that only allow excess to people over the age of 18 and if they have a separate smoking room.
E: In Portugal E-cigarettes are considered a medical product but are legal to buy.
C: Puerto Rico has a ban on smoking in indoor public spaces, including open-air terraces with one or more staff members. It is also illegal to smoking in a car with a passenger under the age of 13.
C: Smoking is banned in cafés and malls in Qatar and tobacco advertisement is banned completely.
E: It is illegal to sell and import e-cigarettes in Qatar.
C: Smoking is banned in most enclosed public spaces with exceptions to specially designed smoking rooms in restaurants or specific smoking areas in certain public buildings.
E: Romania considers e-cigarette a medical product.
C: Smoking is prohibited in Russia in certain public spaces such as hospitals, aircrafts, workspaces, government buildings and schools. Advertising and sponsorship by tobacco companies is also banned.
C: There is a ban on smoking in all indoor public spaces including the smoking of hookahs. It is also illegal to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 18.
E: Saudi Arabia has banned the sale of e-cigarettes.
C: Serbia has a ban on smoking in all public indoor spaces and the outdoor spaces of heath care facilities, schools and daycare facilities.
C: Smoking is prohibited in most indoor and many outdoor public spaces, if smoking is allowed it has to be clearly indicated.
E: The sale, import and personal use of e-cigarettes is banned in Singapore.
C: Smoking is banned from most indoor spaces in Slovakia, although it is still legal in restaurants. Smoking is also prohibited outside around public transport stations and the entrances of government buildings.
E: E-cigarettes are considered a medical product in Slovakia and fall under the same rules as normal cigarettes.
C: Slovenia has a ban on smoking in al indoor public spaces with an exception to bars and restaurants with specific smoking rooms. These cannot take up more the 20% of the establishment. Cigarettes can also on be sold to people under the age of 18.
C: South Africa has laws against smoking in public spaces with the exception to special smoking areas. Cigarettes can no be sold to anyone under the age of 16 and advertising and sponsoring by tobacco products is prohibited.
C: South Korea has a ban on smoking in all public spaces except for designated smoking areas.
E: South Korea has banned several brands of e-cigarettes but others are still available to buy and use.
C: Spain has a ban on smoking in indoor public spaces except for specially designated smoking rooms. Smoking is also prohibited in and around childcare facilities, in children’s playgrounds and around schools and hospital facilities
C: Sweden also has a ban on smoking in all indoor public spaces excluding specially designated smoking rooms.
E: E-cigarettes are considered a medical product in Sweden.
C: Smoking is banned in all indoor spaces in Switzerland, although some provinces will allow bars and restaurants to have a smoking room no bigger then 80 square meters.
E: The sale of nicotine containing e-cigarette products is prohibited in Switzerland but they can still be imported for personal use.
C: Smoking is banned from all public spaces, including the smoking of water pipes.
C: Smoking is banned in all indoor public spaces in Taiwan, as is the advertising of tobacco products.
C: There is a ban on smoking in all in- and outdoor public spaces in Thailand.
C: In Turkey they have a ban on smoking in all indoor public spaces, this includes the smoking of hookahs.
E: Turkey is planning to ban the sale of e-cigarettes.
C: In Turkmenistan it is prohibited to smoke in all public spaces and chewing tobacco is banned.
C: Smoking is banned from all public spaces and a law is being considered to furtherer the ban to include public homes.
C: Ukraine has banned smoking from all public indoor spaces.
E: In Ukraine e-cigarettes fall under the same laws as normal cigarettes.
United Arab Emirates
C: Smoking is banned from most indoor public spaces with exception to specifically designated smoking areas.
E: It is illegal to sell or import e-cigarettes in the United Arab Emirates.
C: The United Kingdom has a ban on smoking in most indoor public spaces with variation of exceptions for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
C: The laws on smoking differ per state in the United States. Some have a full smoking ban on all public spaces whilst others have no smoking regulations at all.
E: Laws on e-cigarette change per state as well. Some prohibit the use of e-cigarette in workspaces or the sale to minors. E-cigarettes are usually not allowed to be used on airplanes.
C: Uruguay has a ban on smoking in indoor public spaces.
E: E-cigarettes are banned in Uruguay.
C: Venezuela has a ban on smoking in all public enclosed spaces.
E: Venezuela has banned the selling and promoting of e-cigarettes.
C: Vietnam has a nation wide ban on smoking in offices, production facilities, schools, hospitals, and on public transport.
C: Zambia has banned smoking in all public spaces.