Euro 2016: Vaping Banned in Stadiums
Smoking e-cigarettes will not be allowed at matches in Euro 2016, according to a list of stadium rules that was released by the governing body, UEFA. The document doesn’t say that e-cigs are banned, so you will be allowed to take them in, but unfortunately you won't be able to use them. Section 4.4 of the document states: “Smoking – including the use of e-cigarette products – shall be strictly prohibited in the Stadium.” UEFA has also released a list of items that will be disallowed from all stadia. This is likely to cause controversy, as France is the largest e-cigarette market in Europe, with nearly three million vapers. France has also tightened their laws on e-cigarette use, restricting the use of e-cigs in public places - meaning you’ll have to be careful where you vape. It very possible that vaping will be banned in restaurants, cafes and nightclubs before the tournament begins. The devices are already disallowed in France where children are present, on public transport and in enclosed workplaces. France’s High Council for Public Health (HCSP) believes a ban will help avoid “re-normalizing” smoking habits and reverse the high smoking rates among under-16s. Make sure you check with your airline before you take your e-cigarettes to the airport. It's very important you know what you're doing - you don't want your tournament and journey needlessly ruined by your e-cigarette. If you’re flying with EasyJet, for instance, you can take your e-cigarette and a maximum of two spare batteries in your hand luggage. Similarly, Jet2 allow e-cigarettes through hand luggage. Taking e-cigarettes through your hold luggage seems strictly prohibited. Naturally, you will not be allowed to use your e-cigarette on board. Watch this space for further updates.