While some cities are struggling with public vaping, others are welcoming eCigarettes and vapers with open arms. Halo Cigs researched local laws and calculated the prevalence of vape-friendly restaurants, shops, clubs, and events, to uncover the most vape-friendly cities in the U.S.
Did your hometown make the list?
As the birthplace of Grunge music and Starbucks Coffee, Seattle has always been at the intersection of alternative and mainstream. With no prohibitions against vaping indoors or in outdoor public spaces, vaping is gaining a foothold in mainstream culture. Seeing someone walking in downtown Seattle openly puffing on an eCigarette is as common as seeing a guitar-wielding busker with dreadlocks.
You don’t have to scour the city to find vape-friendly establishments here, either. The Seattle area boasts 21 restaurants that welcome eCigarettes, 17 bars that allow indoor vaping, and more than 50 vape shops. To help keep Seattle open and available to vapers, the Pink Lung Brigade (a vaping advocacy group) hosts regular fundraisers and events to continue the fight for vaping rights throughout Washington State.
Life is good for vapers in Tampa. With no laws, policies, or city codes against eCigarette use, finding restaurants and bars that allow vaping indoors or on their outdoor patios is a cinch. Many Tampa vapers are free to bring their eCigarette to work for quick puffs at their desk, while shoppers at WestShore Plaza and International Plaza malls are free to vape as they browse.
Nearby Clearwater Beach is not only a haven for sun seekers, it’s a haven for vaping. Nearly every shop, restaurant, and bar along the beach is eCigarette friendly. Travellers are even free to grab some eCigarette puffs while they wait for their flight at the Tampa International Airport.
The VCC (Vaping Convention Circuit) is one of the largest vaping conventions in America and its Tampa convention is a must-attend event for vaping enthusiasts and the vaping curious. The city also spawned Vista Truth Inc., a non-profit organization that lobbies state governments and establishes relationships with elected officials to help shape the vaping industry and protect the rights of vapers and eCigarette businesses.
Virginia Beach, VA
Vaping culture is taking this picturesque tourist town by storm. The state has no bans on vaping indoors and Virginia Beach businesses are not keen on creating their own bans. There are more than 15 bars and restaurants in the Virginia Beach area that allow worry-free eCigarette use indoors. Local favorites include Bucketheads restaurant & bar, Young Veterans Brewery Company, Lucky Oyster, Seaside Raw Bar, and Mango’s live music venue and bar.
With more than 10 vape shops within a short drive of the beach, it’s easy to stock-up on your favorite eLiquid, and several area vape shops welcome shoppers to relax and taste-test in their lounges. Concertgoers in Virginia Beach don’t have to leave their eCigarettes at home, either. Farm Bureau Live, a 20,000-seat outdoor concert venue, also allows unrestricted vaping – party on Virginia Beach!
While some Colorado towns have expressed concern about eCigarettes and banned their use on government property, Denver permits vaping just about anywhere. There are no bans on indoor use and the decision to allow eCigarettes in private establishments is up to the owners.
With nearly 100 vape shops in the city and surrounding suburbs, there’s no question that the Mile High vaping culture is on the rise.
Where do local vapers congregate? Well the most popular haunts include The Double Eagle and Gold Creek Casinos, Steam Spot (Vape Store and lounge), SOCO Venues (Club Vinyl, The Church, Bar Standard, Milk, The Living Room, Funky Buddha Lounge, and City Hall), The Meadowlark nightclub, and Charlie’s Denver.
Las Vegas, NV
Anything goes in Sin City, including vaping. The state doesn’t do much to ban traditional smoking, so it should be no surprise that there are no bans on vaping indoors. Vaping at the black jack table, in the casino hotel rooms, in a bar on the Vegas Strip – it’s all fair game and no one blinks an eye at public eCigarette use.
Las Vegas is home to more than 35 vape shops and the increasingly popular Vape Summit hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Frequent travelers to this party town can safely use their eCigarettes inside the McCarron International Airport. Count your winnings (or remaining pennies) in peace as you wait for your flight home, and avoid those small, stinky, enclosed smoking rooms.
Where do you love to vape in your hometown? Let us know in the comments below!
And keep a look out next week for when we count down the five least vape-friendly cities in the US!