Vaping In Airports: Is It Allowed in the U.S?

Vaping in Airports

Is Vaping allowed in airports?

Smoking is bad for the health. We’ve heard this so many times before. But a habit is a habit. It has been ingrained in the system, hence, it’s hard to let go. This is why there is a school of thought that advocates vaping—the safer alternative to smoking. The great thing about it is that aside from the fact that it’s safer, there are also airports that actually allow you to puff away.

Remember that there is absolutely no smoking in the airplane. That holds true with vaping since the vapor will bother some people especially in an enclosed space. So it’s a given fact that you will not be able to smoke during your flight. And then, you’re always advised to be at the airport an hour before your flight. So that’s an additional hour or so in your no-smoking gap. Vaping, is another story. There are at least seven American airports that allow vaping in the vicinity.

Originally, this has always been the advantage of vaping. For years, it had been allowed indoors since the vapor is not tantamount to smoke. However, the Food and Drug Administration decided to regulate e-cigarettes and other vaping products much like it regulates tobacco products. As a result, vaping, in most states, had been banned indoors.

Here are the airports that allow vaping:

  • McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
  • Dulles International Airport
  • Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Tampa International Airport

Miami International Airport used to allow vaping but changed its rules in September 2015. New York airports, La Guardia International and John F. Kennedy International, used to have interesting regulations. Vaping is allowed depending on which terminal you are in. But that was before New York became one of 46 states that imposed indoor vaping bans. The ban differs from one state to another—some imposing a statewide ban.

There are only four states that have not banned indoor vaping. These are Nebraska, Nevada, Rhode Island and Tennessee. But in the case of Virginia, the ban is only strictly implemented in the Virginia Railway Express Trains—that includes inside the trains and around the vicinity. Establishments can have authority over allowing vaping indoors or not. This is why Dulles
International Airport allows vaping in the vicinity even when there are only four known states that have not imposed any kind of ban on vaping. The same goes to the Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport, which is also located in Virginia.

In the case of Minnesota, vaping is prohibited in government buildings and facilities. Other private establishments have allowed or banned vaping. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport chose to allow vaping in its vicinity. Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport is in the same boat. Arizona has some vaping bans, but only two counties have strictly enforced an indoor ban.
The localities in Florida have different views on indoor vaping. Some establishments allow them, some don’t; hence, Miami International Airport banned vaping in the vicinity but Tampa International Airport allows it.

It’s quite good to know what airports do allow vaping. Otherwise, you will face lawsuits according to the regulations and policies that some states of the country are imposing and implementing.

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