Can I vape in a car with children in it?

You can’t smoke tobacco-based products in a car carrying anyone under 18, but does this law make it illegal to vape in a car with children present?

Smoking has been banned in cars with kids on-board since October 1, 2015, but where does the law stand on vaping in these circumstances? Here’s all you need to know when driving in 2022.

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Are you allowed to vape in a car with a child?

We know this is not allowed for tobacco-based products in most types of vehicle, but the law doesn’t apply to the use of e-cigarettes for people vaping.

Smoking laws governing cars with anyone under 18 do not apply in the following cases:

people using e-cigarettes (vaping)
any driver if they are on their own in the car
a convertible car with the roof fully open

Is it legal to vape while driving?

Unlike the use of mobile phones, there are no specific laws banning you from vaping while driving, but you could still charged with careless driving.

Exhaling huge amounts of vapour associated with vaping while driving a car could result in your vision being obscured and see you reported by police. You could then face fines of up to £2,500 along with other penalties.

How can I be fined if vaping is legal?

Vaping with -18s in a vehicle is legal – for the moment – but Sergeant Carl Knapp of the Sussex Roads Policing Unit said: “The smoke caused by vapes are a distraction and the consequences of them can be dire, all it takes is a moment to become distracted and potentially cause a crash and even worse, a fatality.

“’There are no laws prohibiting vaping – however, you need to be in full and proper control of your vehicle at all times.”

If you drive with obscured vision, you could be charged with driving without due care and attention. This could result in fines of up to £2,500.

Should I avoid vaping in a car with children?

Most vaping products contain nicotine, so using them in a confined area with anyone under-18 could be harmful and should be avoided if possible. Research has also revealed that using e-cigarettes can be distracting and could become a safety risk.

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