Where Is It Legal To Vape

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Since July 2007 it has not been legal for you to smoke anywhere other than in your own home and three other places namely hotels, prisons or the House of Commons.

Hotels and prisons presumably on the basis that they are your “home”…..though I deal with hotels specifically later on.

Have always found it interesting that MP’s excluded themselves from the law that affects everyone but “…some pigs are more equal than others” as Orwell succinctly put it.

But vaping does not constitute smoking as defined by S2 Health Act 2006 so as such it is not illegal.

So Can I Vape Anywhere?

With the permission of the owner of where you are then yes you can. Without that permission then no you cant.

vaping ban-no vaping allowedI look on it as a matter of a form of contract law or licensing.

When you visit someone’s house you have no right to enter unless the owner gives you permission. And it is understood that you will leave if asked to.

Nothing is said or written down but, in legal terms, by inviting you in the owner is granting you a temporary licence to enter their property and that licence can be revoked at any time for any reason.

This is in fact the basis on which you enter shops, restaurants, pubs, trains, stations,airports, public spaces….in fact anywhere that you do not own.

So if the owner of the premises has a ban on vaping then if you vape you can be asked to leave as your licence to be there has been revoked.

For anywhere that requires a ticket or a payment of any kind you will find somewhere in the small print that you agree to abide by their rules and regulations.

So if they have made a regulation that vaping is not allowed you are in breach of contract and are not entitled to any refund.

Who has Banned Vaping?

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Pubs and Restaurants

Vaping in pubs and restaurants is possible across the UK. Many pubs will turn a blind eye to using an e-cigarette but some have banned their use outright. The same goes for restaurants. The chains that have a specific vaping policy we know about are as follows:

You are not allowed to vape in:

  • Wetherspoons
  • Starbucks
  • KFC
  • All Bar One
  • Caffe Nero

There are thousands of independently owned pubs, restaurants and coffee shops that may allow vaping, it’s just a question of asking the question. Most places will have no issue with you vaping at all.


Generally, you’ll find that you’re not allowed to vape on trains run by the vast majority of providers.

Vaping is not allowed on:

  • Southern Rail UK
  • Virgin Trains
  • Northern Trains
  • Cross Country Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • First Capital Connect
  • Transport for London

Vaping is allowed on:

  • Southeastern Trains (and their platforms too)

Airports and Air Travel


Amongst the ten busiest UK airports, vaping indoors is banned at all but one.

Vaping is not allowed at:

  • London Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • London Stansted
  • London Luton
  • Edinburgh
  • Birmingham
  • Glasgow
  • Bristol
  • Newcastle

Vaping is allowed at:

  • Heathrow (in a dedicated vaping area in Terminal 4)


It’s usually absolutely fine to take your e-cigarette on a plane with you, however there are exceptions so it is worth checking before you go, as some airlines have rules on things like lithium batteries. Generally, vaping is not allowed on any UK airline:

  • Virgin Atlantic – You can carry them on board but you must not use them.
  • Aer Lingus – Not allowed.
  • British Airways – Sells e-cigs on the plane depending on the destination. No specific guidance on usage but we expect you are not allowed.
  • EasyJet – You’re allowed to take them on, but not use them.
  • Ryanair – You’re not allowed to use e-cigarettes on board but you are allowed to use the smokeless cigarettes that they sell on board.

Sports Stadiums

As far as we are aware, vaping is banned in the grounds of all of the Premier League football grounds, including Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. As to how rigorously these bans are enforced do seem to vary from club to club.

The only ground that we’re aware of that has a positive e-cigarette policy is Burnley FC. They have a number of dedicated vaping zones. So even if your home team doesn’t allow vaping, if they’re in the same division as Burnley, it may be worth a trip to enjoy a game of football whilst you vape away.


Concerning E-cigarette use, there is no blanket ban on smoking e-cigarettes, though you are generally not allowed to vape indoors and are usually expected to use a dedicated smoking area outside (if they have one).

In Scotland, the use of e-cigarettes have been banned in their entirety. That means you’re not just banned from using them inside, but you can’t use them outside on any of their grounds either.

However, due to the enormity of hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland, it is very difficult for people to be prevented from vaping outside and it is not something that many hospitals actively or successfully enforce.

Source: eliquidukstore

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