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Can You Take a Vape Into a Concert?

October 30, 2023

Listening to your favourite musicians, bands, or artists might seem like the perfect opportunity to use your vape and relax, but will venues let you? 

Below, we’ll delve into what you know about taking your vape with you into a concert so you know what to expect. Let’s dive in! 

Can Vapes Go Into Concerts?

It’s understandable why there’s often some confusion over the rules or laws surrounding where you can vape, as each area has rules that you must follow. Every venue's rules on e-cigarettes will differ, so it’s essential to note the regulations of a venue before you attend a concert there.

While smoking a cigarette differs from smoking a vape, most venues listed as “no-smoking” will encompass both methods.

Before attending a concert, look up the venue’s rules regarding vapes so you understand what’s allowed ahead of time, including what items you can bring in and their vaping policy. This will help prevent you from running into any unpleasant surprises.

Vape Rules in Popular Concert Venues Across the UK

If you’re a regular concert-goer, knowing where you can and can’t vape indoors, especially when it comes to the regulations for the UK’s top music venues, will make life easier. 

Below, we cover the policies of a few different venues. For the most up-to-date information, consult the venue directly to ensure nothing has changed, and if you don’t see the venue you’ll be attending listed here, consult them directly to discover what their policies are.

The O2

The O2 is a strictly no-smoking venue, specifically the use of tobacco cigarettes. However, if you want to smoke tobacco cigarettes, you can do so in the smoking area outside the main entrance of The O2. 

The O2 has a strict no-re-entrance policy, meaning that once you enter The O2's ticket checks, you can't leave and go back through. For example, if you leave to smoke during a performance, you can't re-enter. However, e-cigarettes can be used in The O2 - but not in the performance spaces.

While in the building, if you want to vape, look for signs or ask a staff member.

Royal Albert Hall 

Leaving your vape at home might be better if you go to the Royal Albert Hall for some BBC Proms. The Royal Albert Hall strictly prohibits smoking in the Hall. This rule extends to vaping and the use of e-cigarettes.

The Motorpoint Arena 

Under their code of conduct, The Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham expects you not to undertake any illegal activity, including smoking inside the building. The whole venue operates a no-smoking policy, including using e-cigarettes and vapes.

Wembley Arena 

The OXO Arena Wembley strictly prohibits smoking across its venue. E-cigarettes are also not to be used in banned areas. Much like The O2, Wembley Arena also has a no re-admission policy, so while you're welcome to leave to smoke, you won't be able to return to the performance. 

The concourses and the foyer are the only areas you can vape. The auditorium is never for smoking e-cigarettes and vapes. 

Principality Stadium

The Principality Stadium in Wales is now a non-smoking stadium. While their website doesn't mention vapes, vaping, or e-cigarettes, it's essential to assume that non-smoking encompasses vapes. If you’re still eager to take your vape device, calling and checking in with the venue would be best. 

The Leadmill 

Sheffield's iconic music venue is another non-smoking venue. Like other venues, it doesn't stipulate vapes expressly, so it's important that if you want to take your vape, you call and check in with the venue. However, it might be best to assume that the non-smoking policy extends to e-cigarettes. 

Things to Consider When Taking Your Vape Into a Concert

While not all platforms are likely to be strictly smoke-free, it’s always best to prepare so there are no misunderstandings. 

If you’re allowed to smoke at a venue, there are some things you should be aware of, especially when vaping indoors. For one thing, while rare, vaping can set off a fire alarm. You should also have an awareness of how smoking indoors affects your surroundings.

Here are some other things you’ll want to keep in mind regarding vaping at a concert.

Check Local Laws

It’s always best to check local laws before assuming you can vape outside or inside at a concert. Understanding what the laws are in the area where the venue is located may be helpful, especially in terms of vaping before you arrive at the venue and after you leave.

Respect Other People’s Personal Space

Based on current research, second-hand exposure to vapour is less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. However, it’s still crucial to respect other people’s personal space. If venues allow you to vape, remember that not everyone likes the vapour, so be cautious and respectful.

It’s always nice to check with the people around you first if they mind you vaping; they’re far more likely to be amiable if you’ve checked with them first. 

Keep Your Vape Out of Reach of Children

Concerts are a wonderful coming together of people of all ages. Remember that children are curious and might use your distraction from the show to try and get hold of your vape. 

With a lack of research on the long-term effects and the general knowledge that vaping isn’t suitable for children, it’s best to keep your vape out of reach at all times. It’s also best to avoid vaping when you’re near children. 

Dispose of Rubbish Responsibly

Remember, there's never an excuse to litter. If a venue permits you to vape, please take care of your rubbish appropriately. Used cartridges, batteries, and disposable vapes must be disposed of properly.

If there isn't a bin near you, consider taking your rubbish home with you until you find an appropriate way to dispose of it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a Vape Set off a Metal Detector at a Concert?

Metal detectors are designed to look for metal, and as the majority of vapes include metal components, bringing a vape may alert the venue to your vape on your person. Make sure to understand what the rules are of the venue you’re attending so you’re in compliance.

Final Thoughts

Concerts are for everyone to enjoy and should always be a safe, joyous environment. Many concert venues don’t allow smoking or vaping, so it’s essential to look up in advance what to expect at the venue you’re attending so you’re prepared. 

If the venue you’re attending doesn’t allow vaping, don’t let that stop you from restocking your favourite vapes from our selection at RELX so you can enjoy your vaping experience at home after the concert!




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