Vaping at the Euros - Taking Your E-Cigarette to France 

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On 10th June Euro 2016 in France kicks off in France. Over the course of the tournament thousands upon thousands of people will be descending upon France, e-cigarettes in tow, to support their team and enjoy the tournament atmosphere.

As ever, different places and different rules on vaping and figuring these out can be a bit of a minefield. With that in mind, we’ve decided to go ahead and do the hard work for you, so you can sit back, enjoy the football, and await England losing on penalties in the Quarter Finals once again.

Travelling to France

First things first, let’s talk about actually getting your e-cigarette to France before we talk about vaping there. We’ve got a detailed guide on travelling with your e-cig here, but we’ll sum it up for you here because we’re nice like that.

If you’re not flying and have an awesome road-trip planned, you can skip this part.

The first thing to note is that your batteries absolutely must go into your hand luggage. Batteries are banned from the hold, so leaving one in your big suitcase won’t end well for anyone. You will also be allowed to have up to 100ml of e-liquid in your hand luggage, although the bottles must be stored in a clear plastic bag. If you’re going for a while and need to take any more e-liquid than that you’ll need to put the rest in the hold.

You won’t be allowed to vape or charge your e-cigarette on the plane, so make sure any cravings are taken care of and you’ve got enough battery to see you through to the hotel before you board.

We’d also recommend emptying your tank before you board, the pressure in the cabin has been known to cause leaking.

One last thing to remember is that you’ll also need to go to the smoking area if you want to vape at the airport.

Vaping on public transport

So you’ve made it to France, found your hotel, dumped off your belongings and are ready to go and see the sites/find the best drinking establishment or get to the stadium to watch the match. At some point during this you’re probably going to need to use public transport, but can you vape on your journey?

Short answer: no. France has recently put into place some tough laws on where vaping is and isn’t allowed. And public transport is right there under the big “No chance, mate” heading.

Vaping is also banned in places where children are present and enclosed workplaces and this could deepen by the start of the tournament if the leading health authority has their way, with them looking to ban vaping in restaurants, cafes and nightclubs.  We’ll be keeping an eye on this and updating if it comes into force.

So ultimately we’d recommend not vaping on the train or the bus. If you’re indoors and can’t see anyone else vaping, then ask a member of staff if you’re okay to vape. A language barrier won’t stop you from holding up your e-cig and pointing at it.

Vaping at stadiums

You’re allowed to take your e-cigarette into the stadium so that’s one thing you don’t have to worry about. Unfortunately, like most football stadiums in England, you won’t be allowed to vape in the stadium. Do so and you risk getting thrown out, and that would ruin your trip a little bit.

Picking up supplies

Happily, France is the biggest vaping community in Europe, with recent numbers estimating that there are around 3.5 million vapers in the country. This means that you should have no problems picking up supplies. So at least there’ll be no need to panic if you run out of e-liquid or your last coils blows.

Thanks for reading. If you’ve got any extra advice for any travellers this year, or have any questions you need answering that we didn’t cover here just leave a comment.