Vaping has become a huge trend, and with it, many places have had to introduce separate regulations to keep track of vapers. Since vaping isn’t technically smoking, many vapers have taken the liberty to begin vaping in public areas where smoking is banned.
Vaping generally smells better and is much less offensive ethan cigarette smoke, but that doesn’t mean that everyone has to like it. For this reason, some regulations have come into play regarding where you can and can’t vape. In this article, we’ll touch on the basics.
Will I Get in Trouble for Vaping?
E-cigarettes have been sold for just over a decade in the UK, and vaping has gone through a number of legal changes since then. In the UK, there isn’t actually any official legislation banning (or allowing) the use of e-cigarettes.
This is quite a bit different than what’s going on in the US, where many states are pushing to have vaping regulated and forbidden in areas in the same way that smoking is.
The closest thing to a vaping ban that’s happened in EUrope was in Wales, when a bill was proposed to ban vaping in public areas, especially those that children may frequent. The bill, however, was rejected.
Wales also decided to make one of its beaches smoke-free, and this includes vapes – however, this isn’t actually a legal requirement, rather it’s a preference that’s abided by out of respect for the people of the region.
What this basically means is that you’re probably not actually going to get in trouble for vaping in any of these areas. You might get asked to stop by certain parties, but the lack of regulation means that you can’t get fined or get into trouble.
Vaping at the Discretion of Property Owners
What this also means, however, is that any place can still forbid you from vaping if it’s their owner’s request.
While the law may not forbid you from vaping in these areas, you are required to abide by the requests of property owners while you’re on their property. Some private and public organizations – most notably large airlines – are moving to eliminate vaping on their properties, and it’s expected that more businesses and companies will follow suit.
Being Cautious and Courteous
The best thing that you can do to ensure the safety of yourself and others is to just check with the property owners or staff members before you decide to start vaping. You never know – not only could this save you some hassle, but it might make someone’s day.
So maybe next time before you start blowing fat clouds in a bar or in a public space, look around to see if anyone else is doing the same. If you don’t see anyone else vaping or smoking, ask yourself why that might be the case and go check with a staff member to see if it’s acceptable.