Written on March 16, 2013 – 5:46 am | by admin
One of the reasons that many consumers are choosing to switch from traditional cigarettes to eCigarettes has to do with the bans that are currently in place on smoking. Many restaurants, stadiums, airports and even parks have banned smoking in public leaving consumers who smoke to wonder where they are permitted to do so today.
Many cruise lines have recently begun to tighten their smoking belts as well. Princess Cruise Lines no longer allows its passengers to smoke on balconies or in state rooms which means that smokers actually have nowhere to go and this rule applies to crew members as well. Carnival, Norwegian and Holland America cruise lines are also banning smoking from their ships. Of course, these bans are not without studies to back them up. Consumer studies have been conducted and show that only a small number of passengers smoked anyway on some cruise lines so these lines have decided to just eliminate it all together.
The number of consumers who smoke on cruise lines has actually been falling steadily over the past few years. Less than 20 percent of adults in the United States are now smoking in total so the numbers who take cruises are certainly going to be low. There are however, many consumers who do still smoke and some of them are certain to enjoy a nice cruise from time to time. With the bans, consumers have begun to wonder if they will be permitted to enjoy vaping on these cruise lines.
This actually depends on the specific cruise line in question. Some cruise lines feel that electronic cigarettes are the same as tobacco based cigarettes and are asking that passengers not use these vaping products in areas where smoking is banned. Some others however, have noted the differences in smoking and vaping and are allowing eCigarettes to be used in areas where they do not allow smoking. Passengers can use eCigarettes in staterooms, on balconies and even in restaurants on some cruise ships.
Princess Cruise Lines allow eCigarette use in staterooms although they do restrict their use in theaters and in dining rooms. Carnival Cruise Lines has set up designed smoking areas and only allows eCigarettes to be used in these areas where they allow traditional tobacco smoking. Carnival has stated that they feel eCigarettes are new and until there is more general knowledge about them, they cannot allow consumers to use them other than in designated areas.
There are still a number of misconceptions about the eCigarette industry in general and many consumers are not aware of how they are even used. Cruise lines are certainly no different although there are many that are opening up to the idea of allowing eCigarette users to enjoy their vaping experience and without being restricted to certain smoking designated areas. This may change in the future as more and more studies are done on eCigarettes and as the FDA begins to more thoroughly regulate the industry as a whole. Those who are planning to take a cruise should check with the cruise line to learn more about their regulations regarding eCigarette use.