Electronic cigarette maker Gamucci is to open the world’s first so-called vaping zone at an airport, for ecigarette users at London’s Heathrow later this month, highlighting the rise of the smoke-free devices.
The new indoor zone will open on 25 November in the international departure lounge at Terminal 4, with entry restricted to those aged 18 and over, Gamucci said in a statement yesterday.
Sales of ecigarettes have boomed in recent years, prompted in part by restrictions on smoking. The battery-driven devices allow users to inhale nicotine-laced vapour and are seen as a less harmful alternative to smoking. Governments are struggling to work out the best way to regulate them. The UK decided in June to regulate them as medicines from 2016 but European parliamentarians last month rejected the idea of doing the same.