Vaping is a growing trend among smokers, and with good reason: it’s less harmful than smoking cigarettes. It also allows for more freedom to enjoy your favorite flavors without having to worry about second-hand smoke or tar residue on clothes.
However, there are still some places where vapers can be restricted from using their devices – like public transport and some certain open places. But does the same rule apply to beaches? Does UK law allow vaping at public places like beaches?
Vaping Or Not Vaping: Can I Do It On the Beaches?
Yes, absolutely. According to a 2007 law, smoking is prohibited in enclosed public spaces and workstations, but that does not apply to vaping. However, you should still be mindful of your surroundings when vaping. Be considerate when there are other people around (especially kids) in close proximity.
Private properties, including private beaches, restaurants, and other places, may have their own rules about vaping. Other than that, there is no restriction on vaping on UK beaches.
According to the UK’s e-cigarette laws, you can bring your vaping gear to the beach by following some rules:
- Your age must be 18 years or more.
- The liquid in your vial cannot contain diacetyl. The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations has banned this element in 2016.
- The nicotine concentration in the e-liquid must be less than 20 mg/ml.
- According to regulations, the highest capacity for an e-liquid bottle should not cross 10 ml. If you’re using a customized bottle, be aware of the quantity.
- Always purchase your kits from a reputed company that manufactures products by adhering to all quality and safety standards.
Whether it’s beaches or other public places, you can vape anywhere without creating any public nuisance. If someone complains, deal with them politely and choose a relatively secluded area to enjoy your vape.
Do I Need to Follow Any Other Rules?
As a rule of thumb, if you’re using your e-cigarette in the same place where smoking is allowed, then it should be fine. This means that you can vape at the beaches as long as they are well away from residential areas and other tourists.
If there is an official smoker’s area near the beach, you can vape there without breaking any laws. But if not, then you might be better off doing it away from the eyes of the public.
At the end of the day, your best bet is to check local smoking regulations for each location. There could be some neighborhoods that have taken it upon themselves to tax and regulate vaping in their own way.
However, unless you are on a private beach where the authority bans all kinds of smoking, you should not worry too much. Vaping in public is completely legal, so there won’t be any beef with the Bobbies.
The Bottom Line
Just do your research of the local laws before going to a beach for vaping, and you should follow this rule not only in the UK but anywhere else in the world. Respect the community rules and regulations, and you will be fine.