More and more people across the UK are vaping, and it’s easy to see why. Safer, healthier, cheaper and less offensive than smoking cigarettes and with a vast range of e-liquid flavours to choose from, more and more people are making the switch every day. But because vaping is so new, while you are free to vape wherever you like at home and on the street, there still exists a lot of confusion about which other places you can vape in. We’ve done our research to help you know where you can and where you can’t.
Can You Vape On Buses And Trains?
We’re not aware of any bus, coach or train company in the UK that currently allows vaping in any of their vehicles. This is because busses, coaches and trains are very enclosed environments and lots of vapour could be off-putting to some passengers.
Can You Vape in Airports?
You are not allowed to vape in any part of any major UK airport in the UK. This includes Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Birmingham.
The one exception was Heathrow which for a time did have designated vaping areas within some terminals, however, at some point policy has changed, and the use of electronic cigarettes is now prohibited in the same way as smoking.
The situation about vaping on planes is quite clear, with the vast majority of airlines not allowing vaping on any of their flights. However, some airlines do have a little more enlightened vaping policy.
Ryanair, for example, let’s people use smokeless, nicotine cigarettes on their planes as long as you buy the units from themselves.
Can You Vape in Pubs and Restaurants?
There are lots of grey areas when it comes to vaping in pubs and restaurants. This is because there are simply so many of them in the UK. You’ll generally find that the big chain pubs such as Weatherspoon’s and the big chain food outlets such as KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonald's do not let vaping in any of their venues.
However, when it comes to pubs and restaurants that are individually owned, some do allow vaping. You’ll also find that lots of nightclubs tend to have a more relaxed attitude to vaping as well.
Can You Vape in Entertainment Venues?
From our research, there are no cinemas or theatres in the UK that allow people to vape inside. Using an e-cigarette in the cinema can be very noticeable and doing so can result in you being asked to leave. Theatres however often do have a smoking area outside that can be used for vaping.
Can You Vape at Work?
There is nothing in UK law stopping people smoking in the workplace. However, that doesn’t mean you can get your e-cigarette whenever and wherever you like at work. This is because it is up to each workplace to have their own policy on vaping at work.
Most large companies, government departments and the NHS have banned vaping within the workplace; however many do have policies that let staff visit a designated area outside of the building. If in doubt, you are best asking if your workplace has a policy.
The takeaway message is that if you are ever unsure whether you can vape or not, ask. You may be pleasantly surprised at just where are allowed to vape in the UK.