Can I Vape Anywhere?
The simple answer is no. Where you can and can’t vape has changed drastically in the past few years, there originally was no restrictions on vaping, but this was only a matter of time as it grew in popularity.
There is no legal restriction to vaping in the UK; there are local laws and bylaws in force that prohibit vaping.
Although there are no laws currently that prohibit vaping in or outdoors; many establishments and local authorities have imposed their own restrictions, as is there right. Not everyone wants to be covered in a cloud of strawberry shortcake.
If the laws of these individual establishments and institutions are violated then the vaper could be asked to leave or in extreme circumstances prosecuted if it is a local authority. It’s all about being mindful of the people around you, being polite and courteous.
An example of places that prohibit vaping:
- Most airlines and airports
- Most trains and railways stations
- Most bus services
- Public venues such as art galleries, museums & shopping centres
- Taxi services
- Some bars and restaurants
It doesn’t have to be a minefield however; most services and places now have easily accessible signs that tell you if vaping is prohibited. If in doubt, just politely ask they would much prefer you do that than start chucking out vapour and then having to ask you to leave, losing your patronage.
Vaping while driving
Vaping while you drive could land you with up to nine penalty points and a fine of £2,500.
If your car is full of vapour you will be pulled over for driving without due care and attention.
This also extends to passengers, if you allow your passengers to vape in the car and it clouds out the vehicle, you can be pulled over for allowing it to impede your ability to drive safely.
- Check with staff before you start vaping in bars or other public settings. Although you may be allowed to legally vape indoors, this ultimately falls down to whether the management allow it in their establishment.
- Don’t cloud-chase in public places- even if you are in a bar or pub that allows vaping, it isn’t a good idea to show off by blowing clouds of vapour. If the pub is busy, somebody is bound to complain and that might then lead to a total vaping ban. Even if you’re walking outdoors, people will rightly object if they suddenly have to walk through a thick cloud of custard scented vapour.
- Don’t vape in places where it will disturb others, such as the cinema or in restaurants. No one wants plumes of vapour blown into their faces when they’re trying to enjoy a nice meal or watch a movie.
- Respect vaping laws in places like aircraft and trains. Although you might be tempted to try stealth vaping or nipping into a toilet cubicle at work, sensitive smoke alarms fitted in aircraft toilets and on trains can be triggered by e-cig vapour, and I’m sure you don’t want to be responsible for creating a false fire alarm, which is also likely to get you fined and blacklisted by the airline or service.