Nothing is worse than waking up early to catch a flight and rushing through security, only to find out the only smoking section isn’t in your terminal . Finding an airport that allows electronic cigarettes indoors is quite a rarity (trust us, we’ve looked!), but following the local rules and regulations of an airport or airline while traveling will ensure that your travels go smoothly.
While national laws are in the works, the only hard-and-fast rules about traveling with electronic cigarettes for now are you cannot use them during a flight, and the TSA requires batteries to not be packed in checked baggage. Before heading out on your next flight, check out our resources below to familiarize yourself with the rules of each individual airport to learn if and where you can satisfy your nicotine cravings while waiting for a flight.
Smoking/Vaping Laws of Busiest Airports Across the US
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AlabamaBirmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM)
AlaskaTed Stevens-Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is a non-smoking facility, as such, smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the terminal buildings. Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas on the commercial curb of the South Terminal and North Terminal.
ArizonaPhoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is subject to Arizona law when it comes to indoor smoking. While smoking tobacco products in public places is prohibited in Arizona, the use of e-cigarettes is not. However, we do encourage Airport visitors to use the designated outdoor smoking areas when using e-cigarettes.
Designated smoking areas are outside the east and west entrances of the terminal on both the ticketing and lower levels. Smoking or vaping of any type, including e-cigarettes, is not permitted anywhere inside the terminal buildings of Tucson International Airport.
CaliforniaLos Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Smoking permitted outside of terminals in designated areas. E-Cigarette use is not permitted inside of Los Angeles International Airport. The Tom Bradley International Terminal has a small outdoor smoking section, located behind umami Burger.
Oakland International Airport does have designated smoking/vaping areas, one each outside Terminals 1 and 2. There is no distinction between smoking and vaping, and both are prohibited while inside the terminals.
No E-Cigarettes permitted in Ontario International Airport. Terminal 2 (Gate 211) & 4 (Gate 402) have designated smoking areas.
San Diego International Airport is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted outside of the terminal buildings. California law prohibits smoking within 20 feet of all entrances to public buildings. For your convenience, ashtrays are located in the vicinity where smoking is permitted.
All smoking is prohibited within San Jose International Airport. Smoking is allowed in the outdoor public areas, 25 feet from any building entrance.
Smoking is prohibited within 20’ of all terminal doors, inside the terminal building, and is prohibited on the commercial ramp and in baggage make-up/break areas. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas of John Wayne Orange County Airport.
Smoking is prohibited inside or within 25 feet of any doorway leading to Sacramento International Airport. The same rules apply to electronic cigarettes.
Smoking, and use of electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in all public areas of San Francisco International Airport terminal buildings. The public areas of San Francisco International Airport terminal buildings include all enclosed areas of the buildings to which members of the general public have access. Such areas include, by way of example only, terminal lobbies, baggage claim areas, restaurants, restrooms open to the public, stairways, hallways, escalators, moving walkways, and elevators. Smoking, and use of electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in public curbside areas outside of and adjacent to Airport terminal buildings except in specifically designated areas. Designated smoking areas are located outside and at a minimum of 20’ from the building entrances. Smoking, and use of electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in the Airport’s designated ground transportation zones at the terminals, Rental Car Center, and Long Term Parking Garage, and at the ground transportation staging lots, including the taxicab staging lots, except in specifically designated areas.
ColoradoDenver International Airport (DEN)
Denver International Airport’s policy requires e-cigarettes to be treated the same as regular cigarettes and are not allowed to be used in no smoking areas and on aircraft. Airlines may have additional policies about the transportation of e-cigarettes.
ConnecticutBradley International Airport (BDL)
FloridaFort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL)
Fort Lauderdale International Airport’s policy for e-cigarettes is the same as for cigarettes. The County Ordinance was changed several years ago to treat them equally. They may only be used in designated smoking areas outside the terminals.
The use of both cigarettes and e-cigarettes is prohibited inside the terminals at Jacksonville International Airport.
E-cigarette use is not permitted within the terminals at Miami International Airport. There is a smoking area past security, attached to the TGI Fridays.
Orlando International Airport is completely smoke-free and does not permit the use of e-cigarettes indoors.
The use of both cigarettes and e-cigarettes is prohibited inside of Palm Beach International Airport.
The use of both cigarettes and e-cigarettes is prohibited inside of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.
GeorgiaAtlanta-Hartsfield International Airport (ATL)
The most-vape friendly airport in the country, Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport unfortunately still requires e-cigarette users to move into one of the smoking areas located within the concourses. Luckily for vapers, there are plenty to choose from: Concourse A-Near Gate A1, Gordon Biersch restaurant. Concourse B-Near Gates 7 and 24. Concourse C-Near Gates 16 and 26. Concourse D-Terrapin Tapestry House. Concourse E-Gates 9, 17, and 29. Concourse F-Mezzanine level in the food court area. Concourse T-Gates 4 and 13.
HawaiiHilo International Airport (ITO)
Hilo International Airport is a no smoking facility. Smoking is prohibited from “cabin to curb” at the airport. In addition, smokers must also be at least 20 feet away from any doorway, window or ventilation duct to prevent the spread of second-hand smoke.
Smoking is permitted in the following areas only:
Ground Level – public accessible sidewalk but not within 20 feet of entry ways and Parking lots.
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is a no smoking facility. State Law prohibits smoking from “cabin to curb” at the airport’s Overseas, Interisland and Commuter terminals. In addition, smokers must also be at least 20 feet away from any doorway, window or ventilation duct to prevent the spread of second-hand smoke.
Smoking is permitted in the following areas only:
Ground Level – International Arrivals Building (IAB) median between the IAB and Inter-Island Terminal.
Ground Level – Diamond Head Group Tour Area – Uncovered area.
Ground Level – Ewa Concourse public accessible sidewalk but not within 20 feet of entry ways.
2nd level – Roadway median fronting Ticket Lobbies.
Parking Garage 5th Floor – but not within 20 feet of entryways and elevator/stairwell landings.
Uncovered parking lots.
Ground Level – Makai Group Tour Area between the Interisland Terminal and the International Arrivals Building in the Overseas Terminal and away from curbside pedestrian traffic.
Parking Garage 7th Floor – but not within 20 feet of entryways and elevator/stairwell landings.
Roadway median fronting the Commuter Terminal.
Public parking lot.
Kahului International Airport is a no smoking facility. Smoking is prohibited from cabin to curb. In addition, smokers must also be at least 20 feet away from any doorway, window or ventilation duct to prevent the spread of second-hand smoke. Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot.
IowaDes Moines International Airport (DSM)
IdahoBoise International Airport (BOI)
IllinoisChicago-Midway International Airport (MDW)
Chicago-Midway International Airport has designated smoking areas are located outside of the terminal. Due to the City of Chicago’s Clean Indoor Air Ordinance, smoking and electronic cigarette use is not permitted inside the terminal.
IndianaIndianapolis International Airport (IND)
KentuckyLouisville International Airport (SFD)
LouisianaLouis Armstrong International Airport (MSY)
The Louis Armstrong International Airport is owned and operated by the City of New Orleans, so we have to follow the laws of New Orleans, specifically the Smoke Free Ordinance approved in 2015. You can find out more information on the ruling here. Electronic Cigarette use is not permitted inside any of the terminals.
MassachusettsBoston-Logan International Airport (BOS)
MarylandBaltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)
MaineBangor International Airport (BGR)
Unfortunately, E-Cigs, etc. are not allowed anywhere inside Bangor International Airport. Bangor’s City Smoking Policy prohibits the smoking of any tobacco product and the use of any smokeless or other tobacco product, and applies to employees, customers, vendors, contractors and public visitor’s within the City Of Bangor’s buildings.
MichiganDetroit Metropolitan International Airport (DTW)
MinnesotaMinneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
MissouriLambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is completely smoke-free and e-cigarette use is not permitted indoors.
MississippiGulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT)
Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals. There is a filtered smoking area inside of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport that can be accessed once past security.
North CarolinaCharlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT)
The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is completely smoke-free, and e-cigarettes are not permitted to be used indoors. Smoking areas are located outside of the terminals, and all smokers must be 100ft away from doorways.
Smoking inside Raleigh-Durham International Airport terminals and all other Airport Authority-owned buildings will be prohibited. The no smoking boundary will extend to outdoor areas surrounding airport facilities. Smoking will be prohibited within 20 feet of airport terminal doorways and within 50 feet of all other Authority-owned buildings. The ban also applies to airport parking structures, observation areas and bus shelters.
NevadaMcCarran International Airport (LAS)
In compliance with Nevada state law, smoking (including vaping) is prohibited at McCarran International Airport, except in the following designated areas:
Google Maps Barneys Lounge | C Gates
Google Maps Bud 29 Track Lounge | T1 Esplanade
Enclosed Gaming Lounges (B, C, D & E Gates)
Outdoors near ticketing & baggage claim
Since the new Nevada state law was enacted on December 8, 2006, Reno-Tahoe International Airport does not have any designated smoking areas within the terminal building. The only designated smoking areas are located outside the main doors of the terminal building, just north of the skywalk, and at the north end of baggage claim. Seating and ashtrays are provided.
New YorkAlbany International Airport (ALB)
Smoking is not permitted in the Albany International Airport. Designated smoking areas are provided outside of the terminal.
John F. Kennedy International Airport is completely smoke-free and e-cigarette use is not permitted inside the terminals. Designated smoking areas are located outside of the terminals.
LaGuardia International Airport is completely smoke-free and e-cigarette use is not permitted indoors. Smoking allowed in designated smoking areas located outside of terminals.
New JerseyNewark International Airport (EWR)
Phone: (973) 961-6000
There are no smoking facilities inside of Newark International Airports. Outdoor smoking areas are located at least 50 feet from the terminal entrances.
OhioCincinnati International Airport (CVG)
Smoking (including electronic cigarettes) is permitted at the Graycliff location in Concourse B. All other areas of Cincinnati International Airport are smoke-free and e-cigarette use is prohibited.
OregonPortland International Airport (PDX)
The general rule for all of Portland International Airport is that smoking is limited to designated areas. For inside the terminal, that means no smoking, period. In front of the terminal, that means four areas: the far north and the far south ends of the sidewalks adjacent to the upper and the lower roadways.
PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia International Airport (PHL)
Philadelphia International Airport, which is owned by the City of Philadelphia, bans e-cigarettes inside the terminals. They are included in Philadelphia’s Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection law, which passed in 2014.
The airlines do not permit e-cigs in checked luggage, and cannot be used onboard. Going thru Security, TSA requires batteries to be taken out.
Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside of Pittsburgh International Airport at extreme ends of the ticket and bagging areas. If caught smoking or vaping near doorways, you will be fined $50. There are no smoking facilities inside the terminal.
South CarolinaCharleston International Airport (CHS)
TexasEl Paso International Airport (ELP)
Smoking cigars, cigarettes, and electronic vapor cigarettes are permitted only in the designated smoking areas outside of El Paso International Airport’s terminal buildings. Smoking is not permitted within 20 feet of entrances and exits.
Houston-Hobby International Airport is completely smoke-free indoors. Designated smoking areas are located outside of terminals at least 25 feet away from entrances.
Houston-George Bush International Airport is completely smoke-free indoors, and does not provide specific guidelines for e-cigarettes. Designated smoking areas are located outside of the terminals and are at least 25 feet away from entrances.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport completely smoke-free indoors and e-cigarette use is not permitted indoors.
Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals. There are no smoking facilities inside Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
TennesseeMemphis International Airport (MEM)
Electronic cigarette use is only permitted in designed areas outside of the terminals. There are no smoking facilities inside of Memphis International Airport.
UtahSalt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
VirginiaDulles International Airport (IAD)
Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside of the terminals, as well as in 4 smoking rooms within Dulles International Airport. They are located at: Concourse B, Gate B37 & B73, Concourse C, Gate C2, and Concourse D, Gate D30. E-Cigarette use is permitted while in the smoking rooms located through the airport.
VermontBurlington International Airport (BTV)
Statewide smoking laws ban smoking in all enclosed public places, so there is no smoking permitted inside of terminals. There is also a state law involving second hand e-cigarette vapor, so those are also not permitted for use inside of Burlington International Airport.
WashingtonSea-Tac International Airport (SEA)
Effective September 1, 2009, smoking has been banned entirely from the airport (in accordance with Washington State Law RCW 70.160), and this does include the use of electronic cigarettes. Customers and employees must smoke in either one of the two designated smoking areas located away from the terminal and its entrances.
The only smoking sections at Sea-Tac International Airport are located on the arrivals drive: one at the North end, outside door #26, and the other at the South end, outside door 2.
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