Last updated on December 31st, 2018
Airports That Permit Vaping
There was a time when almost every airport was vape friendly. Imagine vaping your e-cig freely without having to resort to those revolting smoking rooms! Alas times have changed, and most airports do not permit either smoking or vaping anywhere inside the terminals. I was happy to discover that there is still an impressive list of United States and European airports that are vape friendly and permit vaping in designated areas. A few even have lounges that permit vaping.
Here’s the List:
Vape Friendly US Airports – As of Summer 2018
- McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
Google Maps Barneys Lounge | C Gates
Google Maps Bud 29 Track Lounge | T1 Esplanade
Enclosed Gaming Lounges (B, C, D & E Gates)
- Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport (Atlanta, GA)
This is the most-vape friendly airport in the country! Of course they still require vapers to move into one of the smoking areas located within the concourses but there are plenty to choose from: Concourse A-Near Gate A1, Gordon Biersch restaurant. Concourse B-Near Gates 7 and 24. Concourse C-Near Gates 16 and 26. Concourse D-Terrapin Tapestry House. Concourse E-Gates 9, 17, and 29. Concourse F-Mezzanine level in the food court area. Concourse T-Gates 4 and 13.
- Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (Mississippi)
There is a filtered smoking area that can be accessed once past security.
- Cincinnati International Airport (Ohio)
Vaping and smoking is only permitted at the Graycliff location in Concourse B.
- Nashville International Airport (Tennessee)
Smoking and vaping is permitted in Nashville International Airport at two Graycliff Boutique & Lounge (with purchase) locations: on Concourse B near Gate B10 and on Concourse C near Gate C10.
- Dulles International Airport (Washington D.C.)
Smoking and vaping is permitted in 4 smoking rooms within the airport. They are located at: Concourse B, Gate B37 & B73, Concourse C, Gate C2, and Concourse D, Gate D30.
- Miami International Airport (Florida)
There is a smoking area past security, attached to the TGI Fridays.
- Tampa International Airport (Florida)
Vaping is only permitted past security on a smoking patio outside of each terminal.
It's sad to see that many of the vape friendly airports that once graced this page have been removed. Anti-e-cig sentiment and the public's ignorance regarding the safety of second-hand vapor is the cause. Unfortunately vaping is still not recognized as being any different from smoking tobacco cigarettes.
International Airports That Have Vaping/Smoking Areas
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)
As you would expect, smoking and vaping is permitted outside the terminal building, but only in the designated smoking areas.
The good news is that there are pubs and bars that do permit vaping and smoking. I’m not a fan of cigarette smoke, but if I wish to vape at the airport, I guess I have to suck it up with the smokers. Here’s where you can vape at Schiphol:
- KPN Hotspot cabin
- Network Bar cabin
- Murphy’s bar
- Galaxy bar
- Café Amsterdam
- Het Paleis
It has also been reported that you can vape (or smoke) near Gates D1-D4, right beside the Heineken Bar as well as behind the restaurant right across from international Gate E9.
If you're in business or first class, many airline lounges also have vaping/smoking rooms that have excellent ventilation systems.
The Heathrow Airport in London UPDATE
In November 2013, Heathrow Airport (London) made headlines when they announced the Vape Lounge located in the International Departures Lounge at Terminal 4. This 30-square-meters (325-square-ft) space had restricted hours, but it was a convenience for vapers.
As I have updated this post for 2018 I discovered that Heathrow is now “smoke free”. It now appears that the airport is now also “vape free” as I was unable to locate the vaping lounge on the Heathrow website.
I have heard rumors that British Airways “turns a blind eye” to smoking on the (indoor) balcony of the Terraces and First Class lounges in Terminal 5. I will confirm after my next BA trip.
Vaping/Smoking Areas at Milan – Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Although smoking rates have declined in Italy since the 2005 public smoking ban, the practice has not been demonized as in the United States. Neither is vaping.
Milan’s busy Malpensa Airport isn’t the easiest to navigate, but there are areas that are vape friendly.
There are no designated “rooms” but there are smoking “boxes” (a charming name). They’re located after you go through security near the boarding areas.
The best way to locate them is visit the Malpesa airport website map and enter “smoking” in the search box. Here’s what you’ll get.
Vaping at Other International Airports
If you’re headed to Paris, Charles DeGaulle Airport has smoking/vaping areas inside Terminal 2E and 2G. Here’s a link to the exact locations.
Munich Airport in Germany has large smoking lounges. There’s a bit of conflicting information out there, but the Munich airport site says,
“You can find smoking lounges in Terminal 1 (Modules A, B, C, D and F) and Terminal 2 (Gates G, H, K, L) in the non-public area behind security check.”
Other Options – Membership Has its Privileges
If you have an airline private lounge card or an American Express card that qualifies entry into a member lounge, your chances of vaping at the airport improve. I’ve had great success in the US and the UK.
The Future of Vaping in Airport Terminals
There are, to date, no federal laws prohibiting vaping at airports. That means each airport makes its own rules that are not necessarily based on state regulations. Of course, ecig regulations change fast, (in either direction), so before you travel it’s always a good idea to call ahead, or opt for purchasing a membership at a private airport lounge and hope for the best.
What is your experience vaping at an airport? Please join the conversation in the comments section below.