In recent years the e-cigarette industry has boomed to an estimated annual value of almost £170m. Since 2007 the smoking ban has been in force and many are unsure of whether this applies to e-cigarettes.

The Health Act 2006, that gave rise to the smoking ban, does not apply to e-cigarettes and there is no other law that prohibits people using e-cigarettes (vaping) inside pubs, restaurants or other venues

It is a choice for the publican, restaurant owner etc. whether to impose a vaping ban in their establishment. Passive vaping and the possible anti-social aspects associated with vaping are reasons that many establishments impose a ban on inside vaping.

We would suggest that appropriate signage is used to inform the public of the position of your establishment.

Information is available regarding the health risks associated with vaping that may impact on your policy decisions.