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Israel & PVs

Discussion in 'Law and the E-Cigarette' started by nofferman, Oct 31, 2011.

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  1. nofferman

    nofferman Full Member Verified Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Milwaukee WI USA
    I'm headed to Israel for a business & personal trip in a few weeks, and I'm hoping for some feedback from vapers who have traveled or live there. I'd like to bring my PV and juice w/ nicotine for the trip, but I have some concerns about what their ban entails and how it might apply to a foreigner bringing one in through customs and using it in public. I've been unable to find much detail on what the ban covers there - does it simply prevent retailers selling them but not prohibit their use, or does it have implications for persons possessing them as well? I've spent a fair amount of time researching this, and like most legal issues with e-cigs, it seems like a grey area currently.

    Any experience you have to offer is appreciated. Thank you!
  2. stevejo

    stevejo Supplier ECF Veteran

    Apr 28, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
  3. Mac

    Mac Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    I have no idea and am only replying to commend you for having the most profound gonzo avatar I have seen on this or any other board! Hunter would be pleased.
  4. nofferman

    nofferman Full Member Verified Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Milwaukee WI USA
    Thanks steve - yeah, nothing about use.

    HA! Thanks Mac :D
  5. PTJD

    PTJD Vaping At FL370 Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 20, 2008
    Malaga, Spain
    Its been a few years but vaped no problem all over Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

    here is my KissBox at the Wailing Wall.

  6. arik4k

    arik4k Full Member

    Aug 3, 2011
    well i live in israel, i vape constantly and i like it :) no 1 ever told me to stop/ not buy / or anything of that kind.
    be cool vape away it's all good :)
  7. nofferman

    nofferman Full Member Verified Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Milwaukee WI USA
    Thank you everyone who replied!

    Just wanted to post a follow-up on this now that I've returned - my trip was incredible, and I had almost no problems with vaping in Israel.

    I was traveling for several weeks, so I brought a lot of equipment - several 30ml bottles of juice, cartomizers, 6ml tanks, a ProVari, and some eGo and 18650 batteries. Most of it traveled back and forth in checked baggage, which caused no problems or additional screening.

    On the way there, I had my ProVari in my carry-on, which did catch the attention of the U.S. TSA agents at every security point I went through. After the 1st time, I put it in the bin with my laptop and told them it was an electronic cigarette. They swabbed it and sent me on my way. On the return to the U.S., I packed it and took only an eGo in my carry-on, no questions asked.

    While I was there, I publicly vaped anywhere people were smoking analogs - cafes, hotel patios, on the street, in the courtyards at work. No hassles at all, only the occasional friendly question about what it was and how it worked. Smoking seems like it's still pretty common there, so I often had company to chat with about it. I didn't see anyone else with a PV, but I don't commonly see them in person here either.

    Finally, I'd be doing a disservice if I didn't say Israel was an absolutely amazing place to experience. There's ancient history to be seen and touched, incredible food to be eaten, great shopping and people watching to be done, and wonderful company to be enjoyed. English speakers will have very few issues getting around or communicating. Street signs, most shops, and restaurant menus are in English, as well as Hebrew and often Arabic. Most people speak fluent English as well (and seemed happy to do so). Driving in and between the major cities was straightforward - outside of distances being in Kilometers, it's essentially the same as in the US. Last, given the relatively small size of the country, you can stay in one of the major cities and see most of the sights either within the city or on a very easy (1-2 hour drive) day trip out and back.

    If you have the chance, go there at least once, it's simply amazing. Oh, and bring your PV. :vapor:
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