Spring Vape Destinations
Be Aware of New Public Vaping Bans
In the span of only a year, a number of popular U.S. spring break destinations have passed laws restricting vaping in public places. If you vaped freely on vacation in 2015, there’s a strong possibility you may break the law vaping in the very same spot in 2016.
Violating new bans can lead to fines and even gear confiscation. To avoid being ridiculed, and accruing unwanted penalties while living the dream this spring, know your destination’s regulations ahead of time. Most new regulations lump vaping with tobacco smoking; i.e. wherever smoking is forbidden, vaping follows suit. Whether you’re Leonardo DiCaprio jet-setting to a private island with an entourage of models or just cruising across the country in your friend’s dilapidated minivan, consider this your official unofficial directory for wherever your journey may take you this spring break. Remember, No Smoking = No Vaping.
Pack your bags, because your voyage starts now…
Vaping Bans Start With Your Flight
The U.S. federal Department of Transportation has banned vape pens, E-cigarettes, and other related devices in all checked luggage of passengers or flight crew. BoingBoing.com reports, “Passengers are allowed to continue to carry E-cigarettes for their own personal use in carry-on baggage, or on their person on the plane (in a pocket or purse). But you can’t use them during the flight.”
Awareness is a Must at Your Destination
We’ve researched vaping regulations for spring break hot spots within the U.S. for you, so you can focus on what’s important, having fun. However, keep in mind the following is not a comprehensive list, and state legislative agendas can change almost overnight. Therefore we suggest you double-check the status of your destination’s public vaping regulations prior to departing.
Phoenix –Has no vaping regulations.
Tempe – Vaping is banned in enclosed workplaces, including bars and restaurants.
Prohibits the sale of E-cigarettes to anyone under 18. Local vaping bans now exist in 34 cities statewide. Check for your destination.
San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego have added the use of portable vaporizers to their smoking bans.
Los Angeles – Vaping is banned in bars and restaurants, but not other workplaces; exempts vaping in retail E-cigarette stores and theatrical production sites.
San Diego – Vaping is banned in all enclosed workplaces, including bars and restaurants; exempts partial designated areas of Petco Park and Qualcomm Stadium, E-cigarette lounges and shops.
Seal Beach (San Diego County) – Vaping is banned in bars and restaurants; not other workplaces.
Prohibits the sale of E-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18, as well as the sale of portable vaporizers and other devices that dispense nicotine. Only 10 cities statewide include E-cigarettes in their smoking bans. Check for your destination.
Clearwater Beach – Has no vaping ban.
*Special Note: Clearwater Beach was named Number One Beach in the USA for 2016 by TripAdvisor.com.
Daytona Beach – Has no vaping ban.
Fort Lauderdale – Has no vaping ban specifically on the city’s beaches.
Miami Beach, Dade County, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach – Vaping is banned in all enclosed workplaces, including restaurants but exempting bars.
Panama City Beach – A recent ordinance against E-cigs on city property was unsuccessful.
Tampa – There are no laws or policies in place restricting public vaping.
*Special Note: Tampa is considered one of the top vape-friendly destinations in the U.S.
In April 2015, a statewide bill passed banning vaping in workplaces and other public venues. In June 2015, Hawaii raised the legal age to purchase traditional and electronic cigarettes to 21.
*Special Note: Hawaii was called, “the state to avoid completely,” by one publication. Expect to be reprimanded with a hefty fine just for being in possession of vape related hardware on Hawaii’s beaches. Vaping is prohibited on Honolulu city buses, at Aloha Stadium, and in some private restaurants and cinemas.
Defines alternative nicotine products, E-cigarettes and vaporizers, and prohibits sale to minors under 18.
Abbeville, Cheneyville, Monroe, Ouachita Parish, and West Monroe prohibit vaping in places where smoking is banned.
New Orleans – Vaping is banned in all enclosed workplaces, including bars and restaurants.
Defines products made or derived from tobacco, which also prohibits sale to minors under 18. Cities may implement regulations, but so far none have.
*Special Note: Las Vegas is considered one of the top vape-friendly destinations in the U.S.
Defines alternative nicotine products and E-cigarettes, and also prohibits the sale to minors under 18 if the product includes nicotine. Vaping is banned in just four cities statewide. Check for your destination.
Myrtle Beach – Has no vaping ban.
As of October 1, 2015, it’s considered criminally negligent to sell “E-cig anything” to minors. Use of E-cigarettes is prohibited in “specified public places.” There are currently 10 cities across the state that have adopted vaping bans. Check for your destination.
Austin – Has no vaping ban.
San Marcos – Vaping is banned in all enclosed workplaces, including bars and restaurants.
South Padre Island – Has no vaping ban.
There are currently no counties or cities with legislation restricting E-cigarettes. Vaping is prohibited on all VA Railway Express trains and 100’ from rail station platforms.
*Special Note: Virginia Beach is considered one of the top vape-friendly destinations in the U.S.
The territory has one of the toughest public smoking laws in the U.S. In 2011, the government added E-cigarettes to its smoking prohibition of Act No. 40, as amended.
U.S. National Parks
In September 2015, the National Park Service announced a ban on E-cigarettes and vaping wherever traditional tobacco smoking bans are in place. Specific spaces vary by park. Check with a park ranger for further details.
*Special Note: Denver, CO, and Seattle, WA, are rated among the top five most vape-friendly cities in the U.S. Although not mentioned in our list, they deserve consideration for alternative spring break destinations where you can vape in peace. However, we still suggest you check regulations before you go.
The opinions and other information contained in these blog posts and comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Nicopure Labs LLC, owner of the Halo and HaloCigs marks.
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