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Vaping In Italy in 2024: Everything You Need To Know

Italy is full of beautiful scenic sights, historical buildings and good food and it's become one of the UK's most favoured spots for a weekend break away. But what are the rules for vaping in Italy? Read our blog to get a full understanding of everything you need to know before you jet off to Italy!

Is It Legal To Vape In Italy?

Vaping is legal in Italy, with similar restrictions to the ones here in the UK.

Yes, it is legal to vape in Italy. According to the latest data from GSTHR there are currently 721,00 adult users of e-cigarettes in the country of Italy, giving a total of 1.37% of the population being vapers.

As Italy are in the European Union, the regulations of the Tobacco Products Directive which were set out in 2016 apply to Italy, more on this further on in this blog. 

Italy were also one of the first countries in Europe to introduce a "levy tax" on 10ml bottles of e-liquid, the same kind of tax which could be happening here in the UK in the next couple of years. 

The legal age to use and purchase e-cigarettes and e-liquids is 18 years or older.

Can I Bring Disposable Vapes To Italy?

Yes, there are currently no regulations or restrictions on disposable vapes in Italy.

Disposable vapes are legal to purchase in Italy and you can buy them from specialist vape shops as well as tobacconists. These are not subject to the tax we mentioned above. 

Can You Vape At Italian Airports?

Vaping within airport buildings in Italy is strictly prohibited, but some airports do have designated smoking and vaping areas both before and after you have gone through security.

The use of e-cigarettes within the airport buildings (outside of designated lounges) in Italy is strictly prohibited and has been for many years with no signs of relxaing of these rules. There will be clear signage up around the airport in different languages to indicate where vaping is allowed and is not allowed so make sure you pay close attention to these so you do not get on the wrong side of the law! 

Milan Airport allows vaping outside of the terminal building before you pass through security as well as having a select few areas once you are passed security where you can go out and enjoy a vape prior to your flight. 

Rome Airport appears to be the most "vape friendly" airport located within Italy, with 9 different smoking/vaping areas & lounges once you are through security. If you're a keen vaper that doesn't want to be without, maybe worth considering travelling through Rome airport!


Vape Regulations in Italy

Italy follows the same regulations as England does with TPD, but they also have imposed a tax on their 10ml bottles too.

As Italy are in the European Union, the TPD regulations on vaping apply much like they do here in England. They are as follows:

  • E-Liquids cannot excdeed 20mg nicotine strength
  • E-Liquids that contain nicotine must not be sold in bottles larger than 10ml
  • Refillable Vape Tanks/Disposable Vapes must not exceed 2ml total vape juice capacity
  • Product packaging must contain a clear warning that the product may contain nicotine

But as well as these, Italy also have introduced a taxation on 10ml bottles of e-liquid which has increased year on year since it was introduced in 2021.
As of January 2021, the duty on nicotine e-liquid bottles was raised by 15% and this rose to 20% in 2022 before settling at 25% in 2023.
And nicotine free e-liquids were also included in this but at a slightly lower rate of 10% in 2021, 15% in 2022 and 20% in 2023. 

This tax is also on top of the VAT tax of 22% as well, making a 10ml bottle of e-liquid become pretty expensive with them being priced at 2 Euro more than they were just 3 years ago.

Where Can You Buy Vapes In Italy?

Italy has a great selection of independent vape shops scattered around the country and you can also buy e-cigarettes and e-liquids from Tobacconist shops also. 

From what we could find in our research, there seems to be a really vast selection of specialist vape shops located around all of the different parts of Italy, meaning you won't be far away from being able to get your vape supplies should you run out. 

Vape Shop Roma and VapeItalia appear to have good reviews on TripAdvisor and they stock e-liquids, replacement coils, disposable vapes and anything else essential for vaping. 

Don't forget though that 10ml bottles of e-liquid are going to be considerably more than what they are here in the UK, you certainly won't get great value for money like you would by buying your e-liquids here from us at EDGE Vaping! 

We would always recommend to take enough supplies with you for the duration of your trip, but it's also good to know that you can still get your essentials if you find yourself running low!

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Where Can You Vape in Italy?

There are restrictions to where you can vape in Italy, with some cities being completely smoke and vape free which you must check the rules of before you jet off!

Italy have a pretty standardised list of rules for where vaping is not permitted, and it's much like the same here in the UK as well as other countries in Europe. However, there has been more of an understanding of the difference between smoke and vapour produced by an e-cigarette, and some are more relaxed with allowing the use of them indoors.

  • Vaping is not permitted within any official Government buildings 
  • Vaping is not permitted in resteraunts but some will allow it in outdoor seating areas. Check for signage or ask staff for clarification.
  • Vaping is mostly prohibited in enclosed public spaces, but some independently owned spaces may permit it within their building, check for signage or ask staff.
  • Vaping is not allowed on any form of public transport such as buses, trams or trains. The same rules apply to taxi's also.

Other Blogs In Our Travel Series

Still deciding where to go on your next holiday? we've covered lots of the most popular destinations for UK holidaymakers in our travel blog series, so be sure to check them out if you want to lear the rules around vaping in other countries too. If you have general questions about taking vapes on holiday you can chek out our comprehensive travel guide here, or explore our essential pre-flight tips for travelling vapers.