Knowing your Vaping Rights as You Travel
If you’re traveling for work, it’s important to know that satellite facilities from your company may have different guidelines for employees to follow with regards to vaping. In the UK there are five steps, set by the government, that companies must follow. They include: make a clear distinction between vaping and smoking, ensure that policies are informed by evidence of potential risks to bystanders, identify and manage risks to children and young people, support smokers to stop smoking and stay smoke free, and finally, support compliance with smoke-free laws and policies, here’s a guide for more. Such policies are similar in the United States.
When using various forms of transportation, you’ll need to employ a mix of laws and common courtesy. Number one, don’t vape on a plane.. On flights in America, vaping is treated like cigarette use in terms of in-flight use, read – it’s illegal. Another concern is that it can cause confusion. Vapor can be mistaken for smoke, or vape hardware for some other form of device. Flight attendants are trained to respond quickly to anything that resembles smoke. It gets messy real quick. Just don’t do it.
Typically subways and trains handle vaping the same as cigarette smoking, in other words, it’s banned. It depends on the company running the transportation service, however. Some are adamant that devices are not to be used, while others note the distinction between vapes and cigarettes, and permit vaping. If you are unsure and think you’ll want a hit from your vape, ask an employee about the policies.
In America, federal regulation states that vape products must be regulated like their standard cigarette counterparts. Vaping has been steadily integrated into state legislation. Some state and regional governments have extended their “no indoor smoking” policies to include vaping. It is important to know the regulations in your state, but even more important to know the laws of the areas you may be traveling to. Currently the only states that do not regulate indoor vaping, be it state or local, are Nebraska, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.
If traveling abroad, it is best to find out if your mod is allowed before you travel. While the discussion of vape usage is still being debated in Australia, a ban on nicotine liquids remains in place. So if your summer plans include to visit the land down under, you better be sure to leave your vape at home.
Overall, it is important to know that there is no blanket, one-size-fits-all approach to vaping rules. Often laws and policies fall into individual jurisdiction. Some businesses will have visible signs posted regarding their policies, while others may not. If you are unsure, you can always ask a staff member at a venue. While you typically cannot be arrested for vaping on an organization’s property, they do have the right to ask you to leave if you break their rules.