The use of e-cigarettes has risen in recent years, with many people swapping smoking for vaping in a bid to improve their health. Whilst e-cigarettes have been proven to be less toxic than real cigarettes, according to the World Health Organisation they still pose a risk to health. As a result, many countries have banned them completely and issue heavy fines and prison sentences for anyone found using or even carrying the equipment.

Vaping is still legal in many countries, including the UK, but holidaymakers are strongly advised to check the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before taking them abroad. So, which countries have banned the use of e-cigarettes?

San Francisco is the first US state to ban the use of e-cigarettes with the law expected to be passed in the next couple of weeks. Bans and restrictions also apply in the following countries; Australia, Japan, Norway, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Taiwan, Qatar, Panama, Colombia, Brunei, Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, UAE, South Africa, Uruguay, Turkey, Canada and Vietnam.

India, Thailand and the Philippines have completely banned vaping, and are known to issue fines and prison sentences.

In Thailand, anyone that is found with e-cigarettes in their possession will have them confiscated and the owner could face a fine or up to ten years in prison.

E-cigarettes are classed as a regulated drug in Taiwan and anyone carrying them through the border will face imprisonment.

Other countries including Australia, Japan and Norway allow the use of vapes but have banned liquid nicotine from being used in them.

Be aware, if vaping is legal it is likely there are restrictions on where people can vape. Similar to the UK, many countries frown upon the use of e-cigarettes in public places so it is best to ask before using them.

It is important to bear in mind that any costs, loss of holiday or missed flights due to security proceedings or being placed under arrest for carrying banned or restricted items into a country will not be covered by travel insurance.

Can I take e-cigarettes on a plane?

Rules and restrictions will differ between airlines so it is best to check with the individual company before packing suitcases.

Some airlines will stipulate that e-cigarettes must not be placed in hold-luggage. If e-cigarettes are to be kept in hand luggage there may be restrictions on the amount of liquid or additional equipment allowed on board the plane.

The use of e-cigarettes in airports and on-board flights is not permitted.

Laws involving the use of e-cigarettes are constantly changing as new research is carried out, so always check the most recent information on the Foreign and Commonwealth website or check with the tour operator before going on holiday.