Last updated on November 4th, 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 airports that are vape friendly and permit vaping in designated areas. Las Vegas does 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.
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've not been to London for a while, so if any of you can give us an update on whether the vaping lounge in Terminal 4 still exists, please leave a comment!
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. Perhaps the management didn’t want to lose a paying customer, but I’d like to think it was because my vaping style didn’t offend anyone.
As a rule I sit as far away from others as possible. I try to keep the vaper cloud to a minimum by taking smaller puffs. I vape a non-offensive e-liquid flavor like Virgin Vapor’s Kona Coffee Milkshake. If someone is sitting close to me, I always show them my pretty little ecig and ask permission to vape before I proceed.
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.
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