Europe’s quadrennial Football extravaganza is on the horizon and football fans will be banned from vaping in stadiums at Euro 16, after Uefa released rules for the matches taking place in France. E-cigarettes were not included in the list of items banned from being taken inside the stadiums, meaning fans can take their favourite e-cigarette with them, but unfortunately they can’t use them.
The European football governing body, Uefa have stated that “Smoking – including the use of e-cigarette products – shall be strictly prohibited in the Stadium.”
France has the largest vaping community in Europe, with a reported three million people regularly using an e-cigarette. So it’s fair to say that there will be a large number of home-vapers at Euro 16. The United Kingdom has a reported 2.6 million e-cigarette users and with the England team being many people’s favourites to lift the trophy, a great many English vapers will be making the short trip to France for the finals. Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain make up the rest of Europe’s core vaping numbers and will be bringing a lot of sausages as well as colour to Euro 16.
Things to remember
There are a lot of things you need to think about if you’re planning to vape at Euro 16. Your e-cigarette, your e-liquid, batteries, coils and more … don’t let e-cigarette problems ruin the tournament for you.
Vapes on a Plane
It’s very important you get this right. You don’t want to risk having your favourite e-cigarette confiscated or your travels delayed by not preparing properly. Yes, you can take your e-cig on a plane. E-liquids under 100ml can go in your hand luggage, or larger quantities can go in your hold luggage. Your e-cigarette, or mod, can go in either, but make sure the batteries are in your hand luggage. There is a worldwide ban on e-cigarette batteries in hold luggage. The amount of batteries you’re allowed to take on board differs by an airline. The low-cost airline, EasyJet, for instance, will allow passengers to take two batteries in their hand-luggage.
You cannot charge your device on the plane and it’s very unlikely you’ll be able to use it. Some airlines do offer smokeless cigarettes you can buy online, but most are sub-standard and many are a complete rip-off. One thing to look out for is your tank leaking on board. This is usually caused by cabin pressure, so make sure you’re prepared for that. Emptying your tanks is an option and many people say that storing the tank upside down works well. As always, it is a good idea to contact your airline and get all of the information you need before you travel.
Vaping in France
Although France has the greatest number of e-cigarette users in Europe, the nation is currently at odds with e-cigarettes – the devices are banned from public transport, anywhere that children are present and in enclosed workspaces. And it’s possible that the French e-cig ban will deepen. The country’s top health authority wants e-cigarettes banned in restaurants, cafes and nightclubs, claiming they’re a “gateway” to smoking and “re-normalise” the habit to youngsters.
Imagine you’ve just finished a meal at a restaurant, you’re sipping a glass of classy French wine and you begin to vape your e-cigarette. You’re relaxed and delighted – but you’re politely asked to leave as the place doesn’t allow vaping. Not only a situation that could ruin your evening but a situation that could see you incur a fine or charge … It’s not worth risking.
Make sure you’re okay to vape wherever you are – research and keep up-to-date with the rules or ask an employee or a policeman, or any other authoritative figure… Don’t be afraid to ask. Have a great Euro 16 … and if you’re a vaper, remember to keep your e-cigarette hidden away if you’re watching matches in the stadiums.