Public Transport and E-cigarettes

Now public transport is a tough one. Some companies allow it on the basis no customers complain, some leave it for the bus or train drivers to decide, and a few are just plain NO (clearly we have some more educating to do). 

Here is a quick and simple run through of what public transport is vape friendly and what transport isn’t.   


DLA40 on Wellesley Road Croydon

Credit: Matthew Black

It is tempting at 7:30am on the bus to work - we know! - but check with the bus driver if you are permitted to vape. A lot of bus networks do allow you to vape, but is subject to other passengers and the driver. If you are asked to stop, you have to stop.

This is shown in all public transport passenger code of conducts and all bus drivers have been briefed on the matter. 


Train to Penzance. Nikon D3100. DSC_0156.

Credit: Robert Pittman

Like bus networks, many train services allow vaping, but this is all subject to the passengers and train conductors.

There are however a few companies where vaping it just a simple N…O NO!! These are Virgin, First Pennine, Southern, Northern Rail and Cross Country Trains. Their loss!

Railway and Bus Stations

Manchester Piccadilly Concourse

Credit: Joshua Brown

Railway stations and bus stations all seem to allow the use of e-cigarettes, yet if just one complaint from another passenger is raised, then you will be asked to stop. The same goes for all bus stops. Unless of course you live in London, where vaping has been banned on all premises owned by TFL, including over and underground stations. Breaching this will leave you liable to pay a fine, so keep this in mind, Londoners. 


Aeroplane - Thomas Cook

Credit: Jason Puddephatt

So far this is one big NO, without any room for negotiation.

Many airlines worry the staff may not be able to differentiate between an e-cigarette and a traditional cigarette, which is fair enough, flight attendants have enough to do. Especially on our 12 hour flight to L.A? We wish!

Some airlines also worry that vaping may encourage tobacco cigarette smokers to light up.

So we’re sorry TRUvapers, you’ll just have to sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight movies. Rom Com anyone? Cleary airlines just can’t cope with VAPES ON A PLANE. Yes, we are aware that was a terrible pun.

There is an upside though, as some airlines will allow you to carry your e-cigarette in your hand luggage.  This is still subject to which airline you fly with, so check with your airline before you pack your e-cigarette. You won’t want that confiscated before you go on your jolly hols. 


Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport

Credit: Hugh Llewelyn

Airports, on the other hand, seem to be able to cope with vapers a lot better.

Heathrow allows its passengers to vape within the airport premises, but not past the gating area. So you can vape right to the gate! Like we’ve said before though, check with an airport worker before you use your e-cigarette.

General Vape etiquette

Do always ask if people around you if they mind if you vape whilst in a busy public area. Especially in enclosed areas such as public transport, stadiums and shops.

Don’t just start vaping thinking nobody will mind. The negative and informative press has caused a negative preconception, so be careful and change people opinions by asking or being polite.

Do only vape moderate mists of vapour if you have been given permission to vape, it’s only polite.

Don’t blow massive clouds of vapour when in public. Chances are that there will be families on all forms around you that won’t be ok with vaping, let alone great big clouds of it.

Do educate people on vaping and tell them about your personal journey from tobacco smoker to TRUvaper if they ask about electronic cigarettes and vaping. This is particularly relevant on public transport where I’ve found people either have their iPod on and ignore you or are one the chattiest people you’ve ever met. 

Don’t be pretentious around tobacco smokers. If they’re curious - educate them, don’t try and be better than them or force vaping onto them. Eventually they will see the light…the LED electronic cigarette light. 

So there you go. A simple run down of where you can vape with regards to public transport, as well as some more general tips. Next time we’ll be bringing you the dos and don’ts of the workplace. 

If you’ve got any suggestions on blogs you’d like to see us do then let us know in the comments, we’re always open to suggestions. 

Thanks for reading, 



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