No vaping sign

The banning of vaping and e-cigarettes from being used in public places is controversial to say the least.

Thankfully, most companies and organisations recognise the fact that vaping is in no way as dangerous to health as smoking traditional tobacco. However, the reason they choose to ban it is because they want to avoid any confusion between ‘real’ cigarettes and ‘fake’ cigarettes, or as we prefer to call them, e-cigarettes.

Are anti-smoking campaigners behind these bans on e-cigs? No, you may be surprised to hear. In actual fact, you’ll find many anti-smoking campaigners are not against e-cigarettes, and recognise that many people use them to break the habit of smoking traditional cigarettes and tobacco. Speaking recently about the ban on vaping by Southern Rail, Amanda Stanford, spokesman for the anti smoking group ASH said that such bans were “unhelpful” and warned that it “could drive many people trying to kick the habit with the fake cigarettes back to tobacco use.”

Below we’ve come up with list of places where you are not allowed to vape which we will keep regularly updated. We’d like this to become a useful resource for all vapers in the UK, so if you know of a place, company or organisation that has banned the use of e-cigarettes and vaping, then please email us and we’ll update our guide straight away.

Pubs and Restaurants

Vaping in pubs and restaurants is possible across the UK. Many pubs will turn a blind eye to using an e-cigarette but some have banned their use outright. The same goes for restaurants. The chains that have a specific vaping policy we know about are as follows:

You are not allowed to vape in:

  • Wetherspoons
  • Starbucks
  • KFC
  • All Bar One
  • Caffe Nero

There are thousands of independently owned pubs, restaurants and coffee shops that may allow vaping, it’s just a question of asking the question. Most places will have no issue with you vaping at all.


Generally, you’ll find that you’re not allowed to vape on trains run by the vast majority of providers.

Vaping is not allowed on:

  • Southern Rail UK
  • Virgin Trains
  • Northern Trains
  • Cross Country Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • First Capital Connect
  • Transport for London

Vaping is allowed on:

  • Southeastern Trains (and their platforms too)

Airports and Air Travel


Amongst the ten busiest UK airports, vaping indoors is banned at all but one.

Vaping is not allowed at:

  • London Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • London Stansted
  • London Luton
  • Edinburgh
  • Birmingham
  • Glasgow
  • Bristol
  • Newcastle

Vaping is allowed at:

  • Heathrow (in a dedicated vaping area in Terminal 4)


It’s usually absolutely fine to take your e-cigarette on a plane with you, however there are exceptions so it is worth checking before you go, as some airlines have rules on things like lithium batteries. Generally, vaping is not allowed on any UK airline:

  • Virgin Atlantic – You can carry them on board but you must not use them.
  • Aer Lingus – Not allowed.
  • British Airways – Sells e-cigs on the plane depending on the destination. No specific guidance on usage but we expect you are not allowed.
  • EasyJet – You’re allowed to take them on, but not use them.
  • Ryanair – You’re not allowed to use e-cigarettes on board but you are allowed to use the smokeless cigarettes that they sell on board.

Sports Stadiums

As far as we are aware, vaping is banned in the grounds of all of the Premier League football grounds, including Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. As to how rigorously these bans are enforced do seem to vary from club to club.

The only ground that we’re aware of that has a positive e-cigarette policy is Burnley FC. They have a number of dedicated vaping zones. So even if your home team doesn’t allow vaping, if they’re in the same division as Burnley, it may be worth a trip to enjoy a game of football whilst you vape away.


Concerning e-cigarette use, there is no blanket ban on smoking e-cigarettes, though you are generally not allowed to vape indoors and are usually expected to use a dedicated smoking area outside (if they have one).

In Scotland, the use of e-cigarettes have been banned in their entirety. That means you’re not just banned from using them inside, but you can’t use them outside on any of their grounds either.

However, due to the enormity of hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland, it is very difficult for people to be prevented from vaping outside and it is not something that many hospitals actively or successfully enforce.

Source: E-Liquid UK Store