Operators split on allowing pubgoers to vape

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

- Last updated on GMT

Nicotine nation: Pubs share thoughts on vaping (Getty/ bymuratdeniz)
Nicotine nation: Pubs share thoughts on vaping (Getty/ bymuratdeniz)

Related tags Legislation Health and safety Social responsibility

Pubs are divided on whether customers should be able to vape on site, a recent poll from The Morning Advertiser has revealed.

Of 201 operators surveyed, just more than half (56%) did not permit vaping at their pubs, and the remainder (44%) said they did allow vaping at their pubs.

Last week, local councils urged the Government to crackdown on the marketing of vapes, with the number of British adults using the products reaching record heights last year.

While smoking in pubs is prohibited,​​ there are no legal restrictions against vaping. So, the decision to allow or ban vaping ultimately comes down to the publican.

Operators including JD Wetherspoon, Greene King and Mitchells & Butlers have banned vaping.

In 2019, Mitchells & Butlers, which owns brands including Harvester and Toby Carvery, told The Morning Advertiser​​​ it did not allow vaping in its venues out of consideration for other guests, and to avoid potential confusion arising from the distinction between e-cigarettes and real cigarettes.

Differing rules

Star Pubs & Bars, on the other hand, has decided not to introduce a vaping policy as its pubs are leased.

MPs recently urged Government to introduce restrictions on the packaging and marketing of disposable vapes​​ to tackle the “alarming trend” of children using the products.

The health and social care committee said there should be restrictions on how e-cigarettes are sold, such as the ones in place for tobacco products.

The number of people vaping hit record levels​​ in 2022, with 8.3% of adults (4.3m) using the products, a report from Action on Smoking and Health revealed.

Council plans

For Lifestyle Packaging marketing lead Steve Brownett-Gale, local councils’ backing of plans to ban disposable vapes came as “no surprise”.

He said: “The truth is, disposable vapes are marketed at young people. Single-use options are relatively cheap to purchase, come in bright colours and are widely available. They’re only slightly more costly than a packet of sweets.

“Yet, despite their childlike appearance and low costs, the vapes could have serious consequences long-term, with recent studies​​ showing some contained high levels of chemicals like lead, nickel and chromium and did not meet regulatory standards. This could affect a young person’s central nervous system and brain development.”

Related topics Health & safety

Related news

Show more