Vaping While Traveling
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Airline pilot with e-cigaretteFor people who do not know what vaping is, it looks like ‘smoking’ which immediately puts up a red flag. Since smoking has now been banned in many public areas around the country, vaping is misunderstood with regards to health and safety. This will change slowly over time, but until then, if you’re traveling and want to vape, this is what you need to know. We have found city- and airport-friendly places where you can ‘light up’ without the worry of offending someone.


We’ll start with the absolute worst place (at the moment) to vape. It’s Hawaii! Yes, the Aloha State, known for its warm climate, white sandy beaches, and abundant fresh air, Hawaii does not allow public vaping. The residents of Hawaii love their serene, peaceful, and pristine paradise, and they protect it well. Not being able to smoke in public is one thing, but not being able to vape is yet another. In Hawaii, all public vaping is outlawed both indoors and outdoors. Just to purchase tobacco in Hawaii, you must be 21, and vaping is forbidden! Light up on the beach, and you’ll be fined.


Now for the good news! There are numerous places in the U.S. where vaping is allowed. At the top of the list is vape friendly Seattle, Washington. Seattle is also known as one of the top 10 greenest cities in America. There are numerous vape shops and sites available for the vape connoisseur. Restaurants, nightclubs, and coffee houses are among the many places where vaping is allowed. Currently vaping is even allowed in public so you don’t have to worry about lighting up at the local park.


Other places that are vape friendly are Denver, Tampa, Las Vegas, Virginia Beach, Austin, and Washington, D.C. Vaping is even allowed in many major airports like Reagan International and Dulles. The news is good for vapers around the country, and things are sure to improve. Make sure to plan ahead when traveling.

Some airports have “designated areas” for vaping very similar to no smoking rules. Ask before lighting up. Designated vaping area airports are:

  • Tampa International
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International
  • Miami, International
  • McCarran International (Las Vegas)
  • Charlotte Douglas International (N. Carolina)

Some airports have “designated areas” for vaping very similar to no smoking rules. Ask before lighting up. Designated vaping area airports are:

  • Orlando International
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
  • Seattle-Tacoma International
  • Philadelphia International
  • San Francisco International
  • Los Angeles International
  • Detroit Metropolitan
  • George Bush Intercontinental (Houston)
  • Denver International
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International
  • Chicago Midway International
  • Chicago O’Hare International
  • Denver International

You have probably noticed there is no place to vape in New York airports. The Clean-Air Act of New York prohibits public vaping of any kind, so you won’t see vaping in public (including airports) in New York any time soon. The state says NO – so vapers beware! Some airports would like to change the rules, but that’s not likely to happen any time soon.


There you have it – vaping in a nutshell for travelers! We hope to add to the list in the future, but right now, these are the rules of the road (or skies). With smoking on the decline, and more and more people looking for alternatives, the list is sure to grow.


Happy Vaping!


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