When e cigs first came out they were advertised as a cigarette you can smoke anywhere. Since the smoking ban in the UK, it was probably a tempting option for pub frequenters who did not want to face the cold UK winters and smoke outside. These marketing tactics worked for a while, until venues started to look at whether they should ban the indoor use of e cigarettes. It seems that many are now very confused about where they are legally allowed to vape. This confusion is especially apparent on planes which can be a tempting place for people to want to smoke. Let's look at if you can legally use e cigs on aeroplanes.
People who smoke may be inclined to use some sort of nicotine on a plane because:
- they are anxious about flying.
- will have to go for an extended amount of hours without a cigarette.
- stressed from the airport environment.
- want to relax and are into a habit of sitting and smoking.
Not everyone will choose an e cig to fulfill their nicotine cravings. Some people will choose to use a nicotine patch or gum. Others who are already using e cigarettes may be wondering if they can use them on the plane.
E cigs on the planes in the UK
At the time of writing UK law (2014) does not include e-cigarettes in public smoking bans. Therefore it is legal to use e cigs indoors in public places except when a property owner or manager objects to such activity such as in the case of train companies. This applies to all industries and includes planes.
A few years ago many airlines actually sold e cigs on their flights and the crew would welcome the use of electronic cigarettes among smoking passengers. However things have changed recently with such a large spotlight being shone on vaping in general.It looks like planes are heading for a ban on e cigs and vaping in general.
As there are no proven passive smoking risks with vaping, the most common reason offered for not allowing electronic cigarettes on planes is the fact that they could cause confusion to others. Bosses say that vaping may be confused with cigarette smoking which could encourage the use of tobacco cigarettes – which are definitely not allowed.
In summary, the best advice we can offer is to check the company policy of any airline before you begin vaping on a plane. Also set your plumes low to avoid too much vapour/attention, it is only polite after all!