Smoking In Forbidden Areas
As anyone who lives in the UK likely knows, a huge smoking ban came into effect on July 1st, 2007. This ban made it significantly more difficult for most people to find places to smoke, despite the fact that so many smokers are still ‘lighting up’ whenever they can. According to the law, smoking in all indoor public locations is now against the law, and can get violators fined for up to £50 if they are caught with a cigarette in-hand!
So where exactly aren’t you allowed to smoke under these laws? Well, first of all, indoor businesses like cinemas, pubs, and restaurants are now smoke-free zones. Public transport of any kind is now smoke-free, as are nightclubs, private members clubs, offices, indoor workspaces, or outdoor areas that are ‘substantially enclosed’ (like covered walkways or stadiums). It is even against the law to smoke on the open-air platforms of railway stations.
Of course, this left a lot of smokers with a big decision to make… and some chose to give up the habit altogether rather than to face these stiff new regulations. According to the Department of Health, 400,000 people quit smoking as a result of the ban. But what about people who didn’t quit?
As far as traditional cigarettes go, there are only a few places in the UK where you are now allowed to ‘light up’ legally. You can still smoke outdoors, in the home, in a prison cell, in hotels, and in your own car. You can also smoke in a company car if you are the only person who is going to be using it (though you can also get a ticket if you are smoking while driving). It should also be mentioned that there is a lot of incentive for these rules to be enforced.
While the odds of being ‘caught’ by the law with a cigarette might be slim, business owners definitely have a vested interest in keeping the habit out of their establishment. If a restaurant owner, for example, fails to stop a smoker from smoking in their business, then they can actually face fines of up to £2,500! Failing to display no-smoking signs alone could lead to a penalty of £200, though another £800 could be added to this if they end up in court over the issue.
With this information in mind, it becomes much easier to see why so many people in the UK are choosing to use electronic cigarettes as opposed to the traditional analog variety… and for good reason! At this point, E-cigs are legal to smoke basically everywhere. You can use them in pubs, in restaurants, and almost anywhere else without having to worry about getting into trouble.
Combine this with the fact that electronic cigarettes offer a cleaner and healthier alternative to tobacco smoke, and switching to E-cigs becomes a no-brainer. They are cheaper, healthier, and legal… as opposed to analog cigarettes, which are expensive, unhealthy, and illegal in most public places.
If you are a smoker and are tired of not being able to enjoy your habit in public, then you should definitely consider switching to electronic cigarettes. E-cigs come in a wide variety of different brands, types, and flavours, and are designed to cater to customers in any walk of life. They also offer unique flavours beyond the traditional tobacco options. Many brands offer fruit flavours, mint flavours, coffee flavours, and more.
If you are a smoker, but have never looked into electronic cigarettes before, then now is a perfect time to find out what the buzz is all about.