North Korean Border Guard is Amazed by an E-Cigarette Found in Tourist’s Bag

This photo was taken by a British tourist.
This photo was taken by a British tourist.

British tourist Del Dinsdale was crossing the into North Korea from the Chinese border (for some reason) when a North Korean border guard searched his bag and found an e-cig. The guard initially assumed that the device was a bomb, and when Dinsdale told him that it was actually an electronic cigarette the confused guard decided to try it out for himself.

Dinsdale explains what happened:

He began to smoke it with such delight as he had never seen an electric cigarette in his life. He then began to show all the other border guards and asked if I could give him it. I explaining he would not be able to buy the liquids in his country so he gave it back and presented me with some North Korean cigarettes. It’s highly illegal taking photos of army guards and for him to allow me to do this is very strange. I suppose it shows that perhaps they are getting more lenient. I believe it’s the only photo of its kind.


Another North Korean guard forced him to delete the photos, but he was able to recover them from his “recently deleted” folder on his phone.

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