Travelling with e cigarettes is something many of us will be doing this summer. This blog post will answer some common questions about travelling and vaping to ensure you are fully educated before you go!
Q1. Can I vape in the airport?
This is a common question for those travelling with e-cigarettes and it varies from airport to airport.
The DAA recently announced that vaping is not allowed in Dublin Airport. The DAA claim that e-cigarettes fall under the current policy of no smoking in the airport but that they will keep this position under review. There are designated smoking areas you can use throughout Dublin Airport.
Heathrow airport are the first airport to open a vaping lounge. The vaping lounge can be found in Terminal 4. VIP will also be opening a brand new vaping lounge in Terminal 5 in the coming months!
If you are flying in the United States, this handy map may come in useful as it specifies which airports you can use your e-cigarette in.
Q2. Can I vape on the airplane?
When travelling with e-cigarettes, of course you will want to know if you can use them on board. Officially, no airline openly permits vaping; however, it is NOT illegal – it is only against company policy. There is no hard and fast rule regarding e-cigarettes on flights and it is advised that you check with your airline before travelling.
According to a blog post on Cloud Nine:
“As of this post, the major airlines that specifically say they do not permit the use of electronic cigarettes inflight are – Continental, American, Japan, KLM, AirTran, Delta , Southwest, United, Northwest, All Nippon Airways, US Airways, British Airways, Quantas, Iberia, Korean Air, American West Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air China, Air Canada, SAS, KLM, Japan Airlines, Emirates, EasyJet, China Southern, Alaska/Horizon Air, Saudi Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Lufthansa, and Thai airlines”
According to a recent report by The Economist many of the airlines state that health and safety is not the issue. Most airlines worry that the sight of people puffing on e-cigarettes may lead to confusion amongst passengers.
The report also states that “less observant passengers may deduce that lighting up a real cigarette is now acceptable” and may attempt to smoke a real cigarette on board a flight.
Maybe we should include a sign with our e-cigarettes that say ‘this is NOT a real cigarette’ and avoid all confusion!
Q3. Can I bring my e-cigarette in my hand luggage?
Many airlines allow you to bring e-cigarettes on board, however we advise you to double check with your airline before you travel.
Q4. Where is there a smoking ban in Europe?
Currently 17 countries in the EU have smoke-free laws in place. A report by the European Commission highlights these laws:
Among these, Ireland, the UK, Greece, Bulgaria, Malta, Spain and Hungary have the strictest smoke-free provisions with a complete ban on smoking in enclosed public places, on public transport and in workplaces, with only limited exceptions allowed.
With the smoking ban in so many EU countries, there’s no better time than nowto start travelling with E-cigarettes and not have to worry about finding a smoking area for everywhere you go!
Q5. Where can I find the VIP E-Cigarette shop in Dublin airport?
VIP can be found in terminal 2 after you go through security. It is the first dedicated vaping store in any airport in the country!
Alternatively you can shop before you fly on The Loop website.
Any more questions about travelling with your e-cigarette?
Feel free to pop into our store in Dublin airport where our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have!
Have a great trip!