Should SA Airports get e-cigarette zones?

2014-01-30 08:45

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The popularity of e-cigarette smoking or ‘vaping’ as it has been termed, has led Heathrow Airport to open an e-cigarette zone in December 2013.

Vaping travellers, who inhale water vapour, rather than smoke, were previously subject to the same restrictions as traditional smokers, having to stand outside of the terminal to inhale their vapour, ABC news reports.

The lounge was opened by electronic cigarette manufacturer, Gamucci, and is 323-square feet (30- square meters wide). 

ABC News reports that many travellers are supportive of the lounge, highlighting that more than 10 percent of smokers in Britain have switched to electronic devices, and that a survey found 57% of people are in favour of creating e-cigarette lounges at other airports. 

But what are the harmful effects of secondary vaping?

Ray Story, CEO of the Tobacco Vapour Electronic Cigarette Association told Health24 that the product eliminates second and third hand smoke. This means that the people around you, furniture, clothes and anything else that would usually incur damage from prolonged exposure to traditional cigarettes will not be affected or harmed. And while Story’s one-sided opinion of the product may be correct, there is not enough scientific data on the harmful effects of e-cigarettes.

Health24 reports that while e-cigarettes are FDA approved, the FDA has released a statement on their official website, warning users that e-cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans, and that it may contain other ingredients that may not be safe.

Deirdre Davids, Communications Manager for Airports Company South Africa says in line with International best practice vaping is prohibited at local airports and there are no plans to create e-cigarette vaping zones.
What are your thoughts on the matter, do you think South African airports should follow Heathrow's lead or does an e-cigarette zone subliminally say it is okay to smoke?

Email us your thoughts to or come chat to us on Facebook and Twitter
Read more on:    heathrow airport  |  london  |  e-cigarettes  |  travel

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.