Vape Friendly Airports that Permit the Use of E Cigarettes

Last updated on November 4th, 2018

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Airports That Permit Vaping

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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!

vape friendly airportsOther 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. 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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    • Angela on November 25, 2017 at 7:35 AM
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    your article states ”as of 2015”. Can you tell me if now in 2017 it is still possible to vape in Las vegas airport?

    1. Hi Angela,

      We will be updating this post asap, but In compliance with Nevada state law, smoking (including Vaping) is prohibited EXCEPT in the following designated areas:

      Google Maps Barneys Lounge | C Gates
      Google Maps Bud 29 Track Lounge | T1 Esplanade
      Enclosed Gaming Lounges (B, C, D & E Gates)
      Outdoors near ticketing & baggage claim

        • Angela on November 25, 2017 at 1:13 PM
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        Thank you x

          • Mitch on December 16, 2017 at 12:45 PM
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          Who told you this I fly in and out of vegas every week the past 5 years without an issue.

    • Jorge Mata on April 18, 2016 at 7:38 AM
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    The Miami International Airport is not vapor friendly, they told me today that o had to go to the designated smoking area

  1. Hello, nice post, thank you for the information.
    I’m from Argentina.
    In our international airport in Buenos Aires (Ezeiza), the authorities are not very familiar with vaping, anyway I was able to vape inside the terminal, as you said, always taking care of not disturbing other passengers.

    1. Thank you Seba!

    • Brandon on November 18, 2015 at 4:35 PM
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    Phoenix sky harbor is vape friendly. At least in the American airlines terminal. Found out first hand.

    1. Thanks for that information Brandon!

    • James hayes on September 26, 2015 at 6:02 PM
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    This is not accurate. Charlotte Douglas is very anti vape you can only vape in the smoking area outside security. Found this out first hand. 9/26/15

    1. Thanks for your feedback James. I will make note in the post.

      • Mitch on December 16, 2017 at 12:53 PM
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      I was flying through Charlotte and asked a police officer. 6 2017 he told me it was ok but keep the clouds to a minimum. I travel the entire southwest. If you vape in stealth mode. Usually they won’t bother you. But I vegas and phx I have been told it wasn’t ok. When I show what is posted on the web. Try usually say oh I didn’t know. They just don’t know it’s ok and assume it’s not. Call people out on it. Teach then when it’s published show them educate them.

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