We can’t quite believe it, but it’s been over 10 years since vaping first arrived in the UK. Almost as long as our experts have been making the best e-liquids in the business! Since then, vaping has quickly become one of the most popular alternatives to smoking. But despite its rise in popularity, a lot of people are still confused about the laws around using vape devices in public. Perfectly valid as they’re slightly different from the laws around smoking. We walk you through where and when you can vape indoors.
You might be old enough to remember the 2007 law that banned smoking in enclosed public spaces. Yeah, this law didn’t technically cover vape devices, but most privately-owned spaces have put their own vaping restrictions in place. It’s a good idea to check before you whack out your vape pen – that goes for workplaces, too.
What about in a pub or restaurant?
Likewise for pubs, bars, and restaurants, the law doesn’t specifically cover vaping. However, it’s common for these places to ban vape devices for the comfort of their guests. If you’re not sure, ask a member of staff.
And public transport?
Yeah, you guessed it. Vaping is usually banned on trains, buses, and planes; it’s good to be especially considerate of vaping in enclosed spaces like public transport.
What about vaping outdoors?
There aren’t actually any specific laws which ban vaping outdoors. Much like smoking, using a vape device outside is generally permitted in public spaces like streets and parks. However, you can’t vape outside the entrance to hospitals and on train station platforms – the same as with smoking.
Don’t rush to get your vape device out just yet. Many owners of outdoor spaces often also put their own rules in place for the comfort of others. So even though the law doesn’t technically prohibit vaping outdoors, it’s always best to check.
Why doesn’t the law cover vape devices?
A good question. As of now, science hasn’t found any evidence of second-hand e-cigarette vapour being harmful. Since vaping doesn’t decrease the air quality in the same way cigarettes do, vape devices aren’t covered by the 2007 law.
Long story short, it’s always best to check with wherever you are before you start vaping. Now that’s sorted, why not read about our best new menthol flavours, or our killer selection of Nic Salts?