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Can you vape in places where smoking is banned?

In the past, vaping in places where smoking was banned used to be a bit of a grey area.

When it first gained popularity, I’d see people vaping those small vape pens on trains, in shops, cinemas, pubs and pretty much anywhere where it was illegal to light up a real cigarette.

More recently, though, I’ve noticed signs up on walls and heard tannoy announcements at train stations saying that smoking, and the use of e-cigs, is not permitted. Even while I was at the cinema, before the film came on there was the same announcement: no vaping.

Here are a few places where you definitely, 100%, cannot vape:

  • On trains and inside train stations
  • On planes (see our blog on this!)
  • Big name restaurant chains, including Starbucks, Caffè Nero, All Bar One, and KFC.
  • Sports stadiums
  • Many shops (excluding some vape shops, of course)
  • Hospital grounds in Scotland (… and lots of hospitals across the rest of the UK have enforced their own vaping rules now, too)

However, not everywhere is so strict on vaping in places where you cannot smoke. For example, in pubs and clubs there are no official laws currently in place in the UK that would legally stop you from vaping on the premises. Many pubs will usually allow you to have a pint alongside a tank of Vampire Vapes Heisenberg. 

That being said, every place has its own policies. I’ve been in some pubs where the bouncer will literally chuck you out by your drip tip if they see you vaping, and then other places where you can blow clouds all over the manager and they don’t even bat an eyelid.

To be on the safe side, always ask the landlord or lady.

Even if you are in a pub where you know you can vape, be courteous of those around you. Last thing you want is Mavis, quietly having her Sunday sherry, making a complaint about your clouds of vape, and leaving the pub’s management with no choice but to enforce a ban.

So can you vape where smoking is banned? Sometimes. But as a rule of thumb, ALWAYS ask first.


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