Where can I vape in the UK? < Go Back July 19, 2016 – Posted in: General Information
WHERE CAN I VAPE IN THE UK?
With our society becoming increasingly aware of e-cigarettes, some establishments have openly embraced them, while others are still on the cautious side when it comes to allowing vaping on their premises.
While in the majority of public places it is still OK to vape, over the past few years a number of companies have banned vaping on their premises, so we have compiled a list of exactly where to avoid vaping in order to enjoy your e-cigarette scot-free.
A number of train companies have banned vaping on their trains and platforms, unfortunately for those in some parts of the country. The train companies that have disallowed vaping so far are Thameslink, Great Northern, Virgin, Northern, CrossCountry and Southern (from July 26).
AT AIRPORTS & ON PLANES
As with regular cigarettes, using e-cigarettes is banned on flights, and can also set off alarms in the toilets. Ryanair have their own alternative – ‘smokeless’ cigarettes, which are like nicotine inhalers and don’t work electronically.
Almost every airport in the UK has also banned e-cigarettes. However, London Heathrow has a dedicated vaping area in Terminal 4. However, vaping is strictly forbidden outside of this zone – find out more about their policy here.
Aer Lingus have also banned e-cigarettes and have rules about carrying portable electronic devices and batteries. Find Aer Lingus’ guide to dangerous goods here.
With laws relating to e-cigarettes varying from country to country, however, it may be best to stay on the safe side and check whether it is legal to vape in the country you’re heading to before you even get to the airport. Below we’ve provided you with the latest updates from across the globe.
Countries where you can’t vape:
Argentina, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Egypt (banned but it’s legal to vape), Indonesia, Jordan, Lithuania, Mexico (sale & import only), Oman, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Suriname, Uruguay.
Countries with restrictions:
China (no nicotine or e-liquid), Finland, Japan (No nicotine), Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal (non-nicotine only) Taiwan, Thailand, Sweden, Switzerland (no nicotine can be sold but it can be imported for personal use).
ON BUSES AND COACHES
Policies on vaping on board buses and coaches can vary from company to company, so it is best to check with the operator before you start vaping. London buses have banned vaping onboard, as have National Express, where if you’re caught, you’ll be booted off board without a refund.
Whether or not sports stadiums have banned vaping depends greatly from club to club. Larger stadiums such as Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford have enforced strict bans, while smaller club Burnley has taken a more laid back approach, having designated vaping zones at their stadiums, even making sponsorship deals with vaping companies.
Depending on where in the UK you are, the policy on vaping in hospitals can vary enormously. Hospitals in Scotland, for instance, have banned e-cigarettes across hospital grounds, not just in the hospitals themselves, with the exception of the NHS Lothian Trust. Find out more here. Though strictly speaking, there is no blanket ban on vaping in England and Wales, many hospitals do enforce a vaping ban.
RESTAURANTS & CAFES
Currently, unlike with smoking, there is no blanket ban on vaping in pubs and restaurants. Many pubs will probably let you use an e-cigarette, though it is always best to check first. A number of chain restaurants and cafes, however, ban vaping across all their branches, including KFC, Starbucks and Caffe Nero. Hungry Horse have a clear vaping policy – vaping is not allowed inside their restaurants.
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