An Overview of Vaping Laws in the United Kingdom
About the Laws in the UK:
The United Kingdom has some of the most relaxed laws on e-cigarettes, or vaping, in the world; however, there are still many restrictions to keep in mind when vaping anywhere in the country. In this article, we’ll explore the current state of vaping laws in the United Kingdom in 2023 and beyond.
UK Public Health (Tobacco) Act:
The United Kingdom has several laws regulating vaping's place in smoking bans and how vaping is taxed. For example, most public places in Great Britain are 100% non-smoking environments. Exceptions include spaces occupied by smokers, bars, or pubs that sell tobacco products, vehicles, or outdoor dining areas (as long as food is served there). It’s also illegal to smoke inside government buildings and healthcare facilities. But for any other businesses that receive regular patronage from those under 18, there must be clear signage warning minors about tobacco use on their premises. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines of up to £2,500,
What Is The Tobacco Products Directive?
In May 2016, The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) came into force, changing EU regulations on electronic cigarettes and related products. In general, there are restrictions on advertising and packaging as well as a minimum age requirement (18 years). E-liquids containing nicotine above 0.2% may be sold only to consumers over 18.
TPD was voted into law by EU Member States under Directive 2014/40/EU. and was created to enforce & regulate tobacco-related products across all member states – including e-cigarettes, e-liquids, and other related devices. Under Article 20, all manufacturers must obtain a technical passport (registration) for each product before sale.
Can I Vape In Public Places?
It is against the law to vape anywhere smoking is banned. The same rules apply to vaping and e-cigarettes as traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. Interestingly, though vaping is classified as a tobacco product and thus falls under Smoking Legislation, using it inside has not been formally banned by law or regulation yet.
Vaping in Bars and Nightclubs:
In most parts of Great Britain, you can vape inside bars and nightclubs. The only exception is Scotland, which treats e-cigarettes as a tobacco product, and you must step outside to vape. You can even vape inside pubs serving food in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (but not Scotland). Vapers can enjoy a cigarette with their beer pint at many Great Britain pubs. The situation may change soon due to political pressure, but for now, it remains legal to vape indoors except for casinos and gambling halls where smoking is banned.
What Are The Laws For Vaping On Public Transport?
Transport for London says vaping isn't allowed on public transport, at bus and train stations, or in taxis. If you get caught vaping while travelling, don't be surprised if you receive a hefty fine.
Can I Vape In UK Airports?
According to UK law, vaping is prohibited in all public indoor spaces, including airports. You cannot vape in any part of the airport terminal, including the check-in area, security area, departure lounges, and arrival halls.
Some airports in the UK have designated smoking areas outside the terminal where you are allowed to vape. However, checking with the airport before you travel is important to confirm where these areas are located.
If caught vaping in a public indoor space in the UK, you could be fined up to £200.
How Much E-Liquid Can You Take on a Plane?
The UK government states you can take up to 100ml of e-liquid on a plane in your carry-on luggage. However, pack it in a clear, resealable plastic bag with other liquids, gels, and aerosols. Your bag's total volume of liquids, gels, and aerosols should be 1 litre.
You are not allowed to take e-liquid in your checked luggage.
Here are some tips for packing e-liquid for a flight:
- Pack your e-liquid in a clear, resealable plastic bag.
- Make sure that each bottle of e-liquid contains no more than 100ml.
- Put the plastic bag in your carry-on luggage.
- Be prepared to show your e-liquid to security officers.
Please note that some airlines may have additional restrictions on e-liquid, so it is always best to check with your airline before you fly.
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