Chicago is packed this weekend as people head in from all over the country for Lollapalooza and I was somehow surprised to find out that Lollapalooza does not permit guests to bring in vape gear. This seemed kind of insane to me at first because I’m pretty sure that festival goers are allowed to bring cigarettes into Lolla. And I’m *sure* there is more than just the random person that has brought pot to Lollapalooza.
There was recently a Pokémon GO fest in Chicago. The first thing on the list of prohibited items? "No E-Cigs or Vaping devices."
If you’re a vaper, we know you’d be absolutely heartbroken to have security confiscate your mod or e-cig. As more and more people start using electronic cigarettes and mods, more and more people have questions about vaping at festivals. Here are some basic things to keep in mind when you consider vaping at festivals. Know The Rules Every festival has different rules and regulations and it’s important to look into these before you head out for a weekend of music. Some festivals, like Lollapalooza, may not permit vaping devices into their park. This doesn’t necessarily mean just mods either. It could apply to batts, disposable e-cigs, e-liquid, and more. The more research you do about what you’re able to bring to a festival, the less likely you are to be disappointed by bringing a vape mod that you won’t be permitted to bring in. Pay Attention To The Temperature Most big festivals take place during the summer (think Lollapalooza, Burning Man, Coachella, Bonnaroo), so the temperature is going to be pretty high. E-liquid, batteries, mods, etc. can be damaged in direct sunlight or intense heat, so this is an important consideration, especially if you’re planning to camp out at a festival. If you’re vaping at festivals, be sure to take precautions to make sure that your e-cig and e-juice do not overheat, which could be potentially dangerous. Look For The Signs Some festivals allow attendees to vape out in the open, but other festivals restrict vapers to areas that are also reserved for smokers. When you’re vaping at festivals, be sure to check to see whether or not this is something that’s only allowed in a specific part of the park. There might be signs designating where vapers should use their e-cigs and mods. If you’re good at stealth vaping, you might be able to pull that off, but don’t risk getting yourself thrown out of the festival. If you’re free to vape wherever you’d like, just make sure to be considerate of those around you.