Vaping: what schools need to know

More and more pupils are taking up vaping. Find out about the law, health risks and how to get everyone in your school community on the same page about the issue.

Last reviewed on 10 August 2023
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  1. Vaping: the basics, the law and the risks
  2. Set out your vaping policy
  3. Monitor vaping by pupils, and look out for safeguarding issues
  4. Inform pupils, staff, parents/carers and visitors
  5. Download and use our factsheet

Vaping: the basics, the law and the risks

What is vaping?

Vaping is using an electronic or e-cigarette (a ’vape‘).

E-cigarettes are filled with a liquid known as e-liquid, e-juice or vape juice. They can be bought pre-filled and disposable, or refillable.

The liquid often come in a variety of ‘flavours’ that can appeal to children, such as berry, watermelon, cola and mint. The e-cigarette heats this liquid until it becomes a vapour, which is then breathed in.

What's the law on vaping?

You can ban vaping on your premises. The rest of this article will focus on communicating and monitoring a ban, if you choose to do this.

It's legal to vape in a workplace or public building. Vaping is not currently covered by laws that ban smoking in any enclosed workplace, public building or on public transport in the UK It’s illegal to sell e-cigarettes

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