In recent years electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become extremely popular. Used as an alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, they are battery operated devices that are designed to mimic tobacco smoking. Rather than producing smoke, they produce vapour, hence the appropriate name ‘vaping’, with a flavoured aroma either with or without nicotine.
In the UK, vaping is not covered by the same legislation as smoking, which is “prohibited by law in virtually all enclosed and substantially enclosed work and public places throughout the United Kingdom since 2007”. However, many countries such as Brazil, Singapore and Canada e-cigarettes are actually banned. In the UK, the use, sale and advertising of e-cigarettes is legal, however many commercial premises and work places are starting to create their own policies on them. In many cases vapers are now being asked to follow the same restrictions that apply to traditional smokers.
Consequently, vapers are forced to share the same designated areas as smokers. However, lots of people use e-cigarettes as part of a plan to stop smoking, therefore many do not want to be in the company of smokers. In turn this creates a demand for a separate designated area for e-cigarette users and vapers to go.
As e-cigarettes do not follow the same restrictions as smoking, a vaping shelter does not need to follow the 50% rule (a smoking shelter has to be at least 50% open sided to allow for adequate ventilation). Therefore, our extensive range of Smoking and Waiting Shelters are all appropriate to be used as a vaping shelter.