Vaping Etiquette and Rules: A Comprehensive Guide

Vaping Etiquette and Rules: A Comprehensive Guide

Welcome to the world of vaping! If you've recently made the switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping, you might have a few questions about vaping etiquette and the rules that impact vapers in the UK.

Don't worry, we've got you covered! In this comprehensive guide, we'll address common concerns and provide expert advice to ensure you navigate the vaping landscape like a pro.

Vaping Basics: Understanding the Essentials

First things first, let's get acquainted with some vaping basics. Vaping refers to the act of inhaling and exhaling vapour produced by an e-cigarette or vape device. These devices, also known as vape kits or pod kits, typically consist of a battery, a heating element, and a reservoir for e-liquid. Unlike traditional cigarettes, vaping doesn't involve burning tobacco but instead vaporises an e-liquid that may or may not contain nicotine.

Just like smoking, vaping has a smell that some people might consider unpleasant. Let's take a look at some key e-cigarette etiquette pointers to avoid bothering others with your vape.

Vaping Etiquette: Respecting Others

One of the most common questions new vapers have is, ‘Can I vape indoors?’ The answer depends on where you are. In the UK, using an e-cigarette indoors is generally allowed in places that permit it, but it's crucial to respect those around you. Remember, not everyone may appreciate the smell or sight of vapour, so it's best to ask for permission or seek designated vaping areas when in public spaces.

‘Can I vape at work?’ is another question that many new vape users have. This will depend on your particular workplace. While some employers may permit e-cigarette use in designated areas, others may have a strict no-vaping policy. It is important to respect your company's rules and the preferences of your colleagues.

If you are unsure about whether vaping is allowed at your workplace, we suggest consulting your company's employee handbook or speak with your supervisor or human resources department for clarification. They will be able to provide you with accurate information regarding vaping policies in your workplace.

Whether you can vape at work depends entirely on your specific workplace and the preferences of your employer and colleagues. In the Vaping 101 shop in Aberdeen, vaping at work is one of the many perks of the job, but in many other settings such as healthcare or education it's pretty much guaranteed that e-cigarettes will not be permitted. 

Vape Laws in the UK: What You Need to Know

To ensure a positive vaping experience, it's important to familiarise yourself with the vape laws and regulations in the UK. While vaping is legal for adults, certain restrictions apply. For instance, it's illegal to sell vaping products to anyone under the age of 18 -- that's why we always ID customers who look like they could be under this age in our shop. 

Additionally, use of e-cigarettes is prohibited on public transport, enclosed workspaces, and some public areas, such as train stations and airports. Always check for signs indicating where vaping is allowed or prohibited.

In terms of the vape products that can be sold in the UK, there are strict laws and regulations covering e-cigarettes and e-liquids. You can check out our whole blog on the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) to find out the specifics, but the general gist is: 

  • Vape products need a health warning on the label and must be packaged in tamper-evident and child-resistant packaging.
  • Manufacturers must submit vaping product information to the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority) six months before the products are released to the public.
  • E-liquids that contain nicotine can be sold in bottles with a maximum size of 10ml and a maximum nicotine strength of 20mg.

The Tobacco Products Directive is designed to make vaping safer. Here at Vaping 101, we ensure that we only stock TPD-approved vaping products to ensure that our customers can enjoy a high quality and safe vaping experience.

Vaping Etiquette: Dos and Don'ts

To help you navigate the vaping world with finesse, here are a few dos and don'ts of vaping etiquette. 


  • Do ask for permission before vaping in someone else's home or car.
  • Do be mindful of the people around you and avoid using your e-cigarette in crowded areas. 
  • Do be considerate and avoid using your e-cigarette in close proximity to children, pregnant women, or individuals with respiratory conditions, as the vapour may be harmful to them.
  • Do respect the rules and regulations of public spaces, such as parks or outdoor events, where vaping may be restricted or banned.
  • Do dispose of your e-cigarette waste responsibly, following local guidelines for proper disposal.


  • Don't blow vapour directly into someone's face, as it can be intrusive and unpleasant.
  • Don't use your e-cigarette in places where it's explicitly prohibited, such as schools or hospitals.
  • Don't vape in confined spaces, such as elevators or small office cubicles, where others may find it intrusive.
  • Don't be dismissive or condescending towards non-vapers or individuals who have different opinions about e-cigarettes.
  • Don't leave your e-cigarette unattended, especially if there are children around.

What About Travelling Abroad With My E-Cigarette?

If you're an e-cigarette user planning to travel abroad, it's important to understand the regulations and guidelines surrounding the use and transportation of your e-cigarette. Some countries have strict regulations, bans on vaping or have made the sale of particular vaping products illegal, while others may have specific restrictions on where you can use your e-cigarette. Carefully researching and understanding these rules in advance will help you avoid any legal issues or inconveniences during your trip.

In addition to different regulations and bans on e-cigarettes, it's also important to consider the different cultural attitudes to vaping that you may encounter abroad. Be mindful of cultural norms and the comfort levels of those around you. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and ask for permission before vaping.

Choosing the Right Vape Kit and E-Liquid

If you're new to vaping, a starter kit is an excellent choice to begin your journey. Brands like Vaporesso, VooPoo, Geekvape, and Uwell offer reliable and user-friendly options to help you get started. These kits typically include everything you need to begin vaping, including a battery, a pod or tank, coils, and a charging cable. Remember, investing in a quality kit ensures a more enjoyable vaping experience.

When it comes to e-liquids, you'll find a wide variety of flavours and nicotine strengths to choose from. Whether you prefer fruity, minty, or dessert-inspired flavours, there's something for everyone. However, it's essential to be mindful of your surroundings and choose flavours that won't offend or disturb others. After all, not everyone may appreciate the scent of certain e-liquids.

Understanding the Harm Reduction Approach

Many people turn to e-cigarettes as a way to reduce or quit smoking traditional cigarettes. While vaping is considered less harmful than smoking, it's important to remember that using your starter kit or pod kit is not 100% risk-free. If you're using vaping as a harm reduction tool, it's advisable to gradually reduce nicotine levels in your e-liquids over time. Consult with knowledgeable professionals or support groups to receive guidance on creating a personalised quitting plan.


In conclusion, as a new vaper it's essential to familiarise yourself with vaping etiquette and the rules that govern the use of e-cigarettes in your area. Understanding where you can use your e-cigarette, respecting others, and abiding by the relevant regulations will ensure a positive vaping experience.

If you have any questions about e-cigarette etiquette or need help choosing your first vape kit and e-liquid, get in touch with the Vaping 101 team today. You can also browse our online vape store for a huge selection of top quality vape kits, starter kits, e-liquids and more from top brands like Geekvape and Vaporesso, or pop into our shop in Aberdeen, UK for hands-on help. 

Remember, vaping is a journey, and by following these guidelines, you'll be well on your way to becoming a responsible vaper. Happy vaping!

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