The Backpacker’s Guide to Vaping

24th January 2017

I kicked the habit of smoking a long time ago and happy to see several of my friends and fellow backpackers following suit recently and made the switch to vaping in an attempt to get rid of this pesky habit once and for all. Indeed, the popularity of e-cigarettes has most definitely been on the rise these past few years — and that’s a good thing. Not only does it offer a smoother transition when quitting than going cold turkey, but it’ll also allow you to save tons of cash towards your big trip in the long run.

But how does one go and travel the world, vaping pen in hand? The truth is, with ever-changing rules about vaping, it’s difficult to know if the information you can find online is still relevant. Will you be able to vape on a plane? And can you carry your e-cigarette and e-liquids with you on board? Those are probably some questions worth answering before you set off.

Vaping and Traveling: Air Travel

The days are ticking and the final countdown to your trip has started. You’re almost ready to go. You’ve bought your plane ticket, made your packing list and bought some extra JUUL pods for your favorite e-cigarette. Your trip is just around the corner, but have you considered whether or not you should pack your e-cig and e-liquids in your checked luggage, or if you are able to take them on board? You might have also thought of sneaking a quick vaping session in the plane’s lavatories. After all, vapor isn’t smoke, so perhaps it would go unnoticed by the smoke alarm, right?

Well, beware.

First and foremost, here is some information that could surprise you. You may have read the headlines in the past year about overheating and exploding batteries (and not only from e-cigarettes). Because of these incidents, it is not currently possible to pack battery-operated vaping devices in your checked luggage, for fear that they will overheat and catch fire. All battery-operated e-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems must be carried with you in the cabin.

And as airline restrictions for liquids vary from country to country and from airline to airline, make sure to check the current regulations of the company you are flying with. Broadly speaking, all liquids are to be packed in a clear bag and taken out of your suitcase for security inspection. I would recommend that you also keep your clearomizers in separate bags, as they tend to leak and will likely be inspected too.

As for vaping inside the plane, this probably isn’t worth the risk. No U.S. airline currently allows vaping on-board, and vapor from e-cigarettes has been known to trigger smoke alarms. Even if some new technology such as the MyJet prides itself on offering a vaping experience with minimal vapor in a tiny device that could, in theory, go unnoticed, why risk it? There’s a time and place for everything, and vaping on a plane is just a no-go.

Law vs. Etiquette

Even if vaping on airplanes was allowed, there are still a majority of people that don’t quite understand how e-cigarettes work and would potentially get frustrated and confused if you started blowing big clouds into the air mid-flight. Vaping is a relatively new activity, and the Food and Drug Administration have already tarnished its reputation by ruling all e-cigarette devices as ‘tobacco products’, even though they don’t contain nicotine. It’s your responsibility as a vaper to abide by a certain etiquette and give time for people to accept and understand how e-cigs work. It isn’t mere politeness. As a member of an ever-growing vaping community, the way you behave now will impact the way people react to vapers further down the line.

In any case, stay informed. If you are scared that the rules might have changed, leaving JUUL at home, carrying a disposable e-cig and getting rid of it before you board the plane may still be the best option. And if the temptation of vaping is too great, give Law vs. Etiquette Even if vaping on airplanes was allowed, there are still a majority of people that don’t quite understand how e-cigarettes work and would potentially get frustrated and confused if you started blowing big clouds into the air mid-flight. Vaping is a relatively new activity, and the Food and Drug Administration have already tarnished its reputation by ruling all e-cigarette devices as ‘tobacco products’, even though they don’t contain nicotine. It’s your responsibility as a vaper to abide by a certain etiquette and give time for people to accept and understand how e-cigs work. It isn’t mere politeness. As a member of an ever-growing vaping community, the way you behave now will impact the way people react to vapers further down the line. In any case, stay informed. If you are scared that the rules might have changed, leaving JUUL at home, carrying a disposable e-cig and getting rid of it before you board the plane may still be the best option. And if the temptation of vaping is too great, give this article on stealth vaping a read. Just don’t tell anyone you got the tip from me!” this article on stealth vaping a read. Just don’t tell anyone you got the tip from me!

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