Is vaping in public in the UK legal? Find out all you need to know.

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Giving vapers and non-vapers the facts.

It’s estimated that 6.2% of the adult population of Great Britain (3.2 million) vape. If you’re one of them, are you aware of the laws covering vaping in public? Or maybe you’re a business owner looking for clarification? Or a non-vaper simply curious about the laws involved?

This article will help dispel the myths and rumours regarding vaping in public in the UK. It also covers vaping on public transport and vaping in pubs.

It’s not illegal to vape in public, but…

UK law prohibits smoking in enclosed public places, like pubs and restaurants, and workplaces. But these laws DO NOT cover vaping. It is down to individual businesses and organisations to make their own policies on vaping. 

If somebody vapes in a public place where they have a ‘no vaping’ policy, they can be asked to stop or leave the premises. However, they will not face any legal action.

Can you vape on public transport?

As a general rule, vaping isn’t allowed on public transport. Like above, it’s down to the operator, but the majority of UK bus, train and airline operators have banned vaping. The train ban on vaping is also often extended to the platforms too.

Can you vape in pubs? 

It’s not illegal to vape in a pub, but whether or not you can, depends on the policy of that particular pub. Some pubs have completely banned vaping. Others allow it inside, with some boundaries. And there are pubs who only allow vaping outside.

No UK laws on vaping in public spaces – but restrictions on vaping products sold in the UK.

To help protect vapers, the UK Government has introduced certain restrictions on vape products. These include a maximum nicotine level of 20mg/ml. E-liquid containers must have a capacity of 10ml or less. And clearomisers and cartridges can’t hold more than 2ml.

Vaping product manufacturers also have to submit details of their products to the Government for approval. Following a submission, there’s a six-month grace period before they can be sold to the public. Plus, the Government have regulated how vaping products can be advertised and sold.

Please vape responsibly.

While there are no laws on vaping in public places in the UK, vapers should still respect the policies of businesses and organisations, which might include ‘no vaping inside’.

Firstly, always ask if they allow vaping inside. If they do, to help ensure it stays that way, it pays to be considerate. For example, don’t blow vapour towards people – blow it in the air. And try to avoid creating huge plumes of thick vapour. It’s just common-sense and good manners really.

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