For smokers, airports can be one of the most challenging environments. Smoking limitations in airports are often highly restrictive, and most aviation hubs lack designated smoking areas beyond security checkpoints. Since getting through airport security can take a while these days, smokers are often forced to wait hours before they can light up. According to Reuters, this is no longer the case at London's Heathrow Airport, one of the busiest flight hubs in the world, which recently opened a vaping lounge for passengers.
Come fly with me
Attitudes toward regulation of electronic cigarettes are a little different in Europe than they are in the U.S., and with so many people flying in and out of Heathrow everyday – almost 192,000, according to the airport's official website – it comes as little surprise that one of the world's busiest airports would tackle the issue of vaping head on.
The news source reported that the new vaping lounge measures 322 square feet, and will open Nov. 25. The indoor zone will be located in Heathrow's Terminal 4, and entry to the area will be restricted to passengers over the age of 18.
The times, they are a changin'
The airport's decision to open a dedicated lounge for users of electronic cigarettes highlights just how popular the devices have become in recent years. In the U.S. alone, more than 2 million American smokers have made the switch from traditional tobacco to e-cigs, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the electronic cigarette industry is valued at more than $2 billion annually worldwide, indicating that vaping is here to stay.
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