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Football fans travelling to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup could face hefty fines or even jail time if they are caught vaping

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Jul-14 12:36 first published at 12:36 PM


While supporting their national team, a lot of individuals will have to put the habit on wait.
If they are caught vaping at Qatar 2022, fans of England and those traveling from all over the world for this year’s World Cup risk paying steep penalties or perhaps going to jail, as the host nation has added even more laws and regulations for the event.

Many organizations are warning visitors traveling to the Arab country for the games not to indulge in the habit while there because vaping and e-cigarettes have been forbidden in Qatar since 2014, and those found in violation of the law risk severe financial fines or even incarceration.
For offences involving e-cigarettes, the maximum penalty is three months in jail or a fine of up to 10,000 riyals (about $2,200). According to data gathered by experts in smoking cessation, Vape Club, 13% of the country smokes more conventional tobacco products, with shisha being the most prevalent type of smoking.
3.3 million Brits use vapes, and thousands are anticipated to travel to support the Three Lions, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Experts believe that after successfully stopping smoking or limiting their intake, many traveling fans would turn back to traditional smoking as a result of this.

Additionally, vapes are illegal in the country, but it’s unclear whether using them or just buying them is illegal. According to multiple TripAdvisor reviews, you can only use vapes in airport smoking areas.

In 2016, Dr. Kholood al-Mutawaa, director of the Ministry of Public Health’s Non-Communicable Disease Department, said: “A ministry directive issued in 2014 forbade the use of electronic cigarettes in Qatar. All pharmacies, grocery stores, and other businesses have been told not to sell it.” Additionally, we have informed the customs division at the land border, ports, and airport not to permit e-cigarettes into Qatar. It cannot be imported into the nation or ordered from abroad. Others are also unable to send it to the nation. Anyone found in possession of an e-cigarette may face applicable charges.
It was also disclosed back in June that spectators may face jail time for engaging in a one-night stand while they were in the nation, so this isn’t the only instance of prohibited behavior during the tournament this year. In fact, the following is a list of prohibited activities during Qatar 2022:

ingest alcohol
Have sex while single couples
vaporize pork,
View pornographic homosexual behavior
To support or advocate for the LGBTQ+ community
bring in religious literature and materials

Visit the UK government’s foreign travel advice here for a comprehensive list of instructions regarding Qatar’s laws and traditions.
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