Vaping Whilst Travelling – The Do’s and Don’ts
Many people may be thinking about booking their summer holiday at this time of year – as it gives us something to aim towards while we’re trying to traverse through the chilly winter months. We all have a different idea of the perfect holiday – some of us may want to go skiing whilst others may prefer an adventure holiday. But, no matter where you’d like to go, it is important to get lots of information about the destination beforehand. For example, many holiday destinations do not like e-cigarettes being used on their premises. If you enjoy vaping, then this can have a huge impact on your ability to enjoy a break away, so it is important that you know the laws in the country that you’re visiting, including whether there is an outright ban, or whether you are able to vape in certain places.
Preparation and Packing
If you have a holiday on the horizon, then you may have spent a lot of time daydreaming about your getaway as a way to pass the time quicker. However, one thing that many people do not daydream about is the packing part and this is one of the most important stages of the holiday process. You can’t go away without having thought about your packing strategy. In the most recent update of the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air document, it states that passengers are no longer allowed to take any kind of vaping device with them as a part of the luggage that they check in at the airport. This is due to incidents in the past where fires have been caused by such devices, and due to this issue all passengers are now required to keep all vaping equipment with them in their hand luggage that they take into the cabin. There are still some safety concerns, however, so you should make note of the tips below:
- If you are using a device that includes a removable battery, you will need to remove it and keep them separately in a clear bag. You also need to ensure that the battery is charged, as you may not be permitted to take an electronic device that cannot be switched on.
- Be careful with regards to the liquids that you take, as you will only be permitted bottles of up to a certain limit – this is usually around 100ml. Most liquids come in smaller bottles than this, but it is still worth remembering. These should also be held in a clear bag.
- There can be issues with liquids on flights due to the changes in air pressure, and because of this you should either make sure your tank is empty before you get on the plane, or ensure that it is placed with the tip facing downwards. For extra peace of mind, store your tanks in individual clear bags before you go through check-in.
Travelling Hot Spots 2017
Every year brings with it a whole host of places that are the “must-visit” holiday destinations of the season. If you’re the type of person who likes to tick plenty of places off the list then you are certainly going to enjoy the list featured below. However, it is important that you first take the time to check out the laws with regards to vaping – as there are some places that ban it outright, and this could be a definite deal breaker if you know you can’t go without it. Luckily for you, we have put together a list of popular destinations that do and don’t allow vaping, which means that you have the chance to check before booking those plane tickets.
Destinations Where Vaping Is Allowed
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Cape Town, South Africa – (although cartridges and liquids containing Nicotine are illegal)
Cincinnati, Ohio – (Prohibited from the workplace, restaurants and bars)
Helsinki, Finland – (Considered a prescriptive drug so it cannot be purchased)
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – (Restricted in bars and restaurants)
Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
La Paz, Bolivia
Montreal, Quebec – (But, one of the strictest regions in Canada)
Nashville, Tennessee –(And, they don’t even regulate indoor vaping!)
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Panama City, Panama
Pisco Province, Peru
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - (Need to be disposed of before leaving the country)
Tamuda Bay, Morocco
Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Destinations Where Vaping Is Not Allowed
Angra dos Reis, Brazil
Jebel Akhdar, Oman
Noosa Heads, Australia (Queensland state meaning you can be fined more than $9,000 for possessing nicotine in your e-liquid)
Queenstown, New Zealand (Cartridges and e-liquid containing nicotine are illegal)
Tofino, British Columbia
If you do plan to take an e-cigarette with you, it is essential to get as much information as possible about the laws – as there are some places that are much stricter than others. Some allow vaping indoors, others only allow it outdoors, and some places don’t allow it at all. If you are in any doubt about a specific place while you’re there, always ask.
Ultimately, there is no need to worry about vaping whilst on holiday provided you get as much information as you can before you leave. By doing your research on this subject before you start your travelling preparations you can ensure that you have one less thing to worry about – which means you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your travelling break.
“Holly Barry is a Digital PR Executive working in Hertfordshire. A Journalism graduate from Brunel University in West London, Holly has embarked on many adventures within the magazine industry. Her most recent endeavour was spent at Condé Nast's Brides magazine and previous to that her time was spent at Cosmopolitan and the UK's leading brand agency - Four Marketing”. Follow Holly on Twitter @HJBarry