The days when cigarettes were allowed at music gigs are long behind us now, but there’s still some confusion over whether vaping is permitted at gig venues. For example, The O2 Arena is one of the world’s busiest event spaces, and smoking is obviously banned there, but can you vape at The O2? The simple answer is ‘yes, but not in the performance space’.
Of course, the ‘performance space’ is a pretty big area of The O2 and where you’ll be spending most of your time at the concert, so that’s quite a big caveat to the ‘yes you can vape at The O2’ answer. But it does mean you can vape in the concourses around the performance space, which is where you’ll be eating, drinking and checking out the merchandise stands before the show starts. There’s no option to leave the venue altogether to use your e-cigarette and then return, but of course you can always step out of the performance space to vape in the concourse during the show.
You can find out more about the rules of what you can and can’t do there on The O2’s website, but here’s what they have to say about smoking and e-cigarettes: “The O2 is a no smoking venue. The smoking area is just outside The O2’s main entrance. Remember, if you’re coming to an event at the arena, indigo or Building Six, you can’t leave and re-enter once you’ve gone through ticket checking. E-cigarettes can be used anywhere in The O2 except the performance spaces. Look out for the signs.”
Given that there are almost 2 million tickets sold for gigs and shows there every year, the chances are that you’ll be going there one day whether you live in London or not, so it’s important to know that you are allowed e-cigarettes at The O2 and whereabouts in the venue you are allowed to vape. Their Customer Care team further clarified the situation: “In The O2 Arena you can use e-cigarettes on the concourses on level one and level four but you cannot use them in the actual arena.”
As with any public venue, while the regulations seem fairly straightforward, you’re best off checking with a member of staff when you arrive to make sure you’re clear on where you can and can’t vape. And always be sure to follow the rules closely and carefully.