Can You Vape In A Non-Smoking Hotel Room?

Last Updated on September 17, 2021

What is the lowdown on vaping in a non-smoking hotel room? Can you get away with vaping inside your room or do you have to go outside of the building into a smoking area?

Let’s find out.

Is vaping considered smoking in hotels?

Yes, vaping is considered smoking by hotels. As far as most hotels are concerned there is no difference between cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

In the same way that smoking in a hotel room can land you a hefty fine, vaping in your hotel room could theoretically also land you a fine.

You should check your hotel’s website or ask at the front desk and see what their policy on smoking and vaping is before you vape in your hotel room.

But I know a lot of you are rebels and don’t care what the vaping rules are.

You just want to know if you can get away with it!

Well, that’s a little more complicated.

Does Vaping Set Off Smoke Detectors In Hotel Rooms?

Yes, there is a chance that vaping could set off the smoke detectors in hotel rooms.

Check this video from YouTube where someone actives a smoke alarm by blowing vapor into it.

So your smoke detector CAN be activated by a vape cloud, that’s the first thing to understand.

Photoelectric smoke detectors work when the particles in the cloud interrupt the light. With that type of optical device, it doesn’t matter what is interrupting the light. It could be dust, smoke, or vapor, if it interrupts the light in the sensor then the fire alarm will activate.

We don’t recommend vaping in a hotel room, but if you are dumb enough to try then try to blow your vape away from any fire alarms!

Open a window or turn on the air conditioning.

Smoke alarms can also occasionally be set off by steam from the shower. That’s why hotel bathrooms don’t have smoke detectors in them.

This also makes the bathroom a better place to vape. And there are fewer fabrics in the bathroom that odors can cling to.

But vaping in hotel rooms is pretty much always a bad idea since you DO risk being fined.

What Happens If You Set Off A Hotel Smoke Alarm By Vaping?

If you set off a hotel smoke alarm, someone will likely come to your room and check things out.

Your best bet is to quickly turn on the shower and try to get the place steamy before they arrive. You can then try to blame it on steam from the shower.

How To Avoid Setting Off Smoke Alarms In Hotel Rooms

The best way to avoid setting off smoke alarms in hotel rooms is by vaping outside or on balconies.

Some people vape in hotel rooms and cover the smoke detector with a shower cap.

Despite being fined for vaping in his room Master Zen was determined to find a way to vape in his hotel room.

John on Twitter tried to stop the vape from getting to his alarm by covering it with a sock.

Covering up smoke detectors is, of course, not the brightest idea! If you forget to remove the cover then you are putting your own life and the lifes of others at risk.

The smoke alarms are there for a reason and covering smoke alarms is the type of dumb move that could land you in court for manslaughter charges if things went badly.

Charlotte says she loves illegal vaping in hotel rooms and that it never goes off.

On the other hand, you can also read stories like this.

The night watchman said that 900 guests were woken up in the night by a “numpty” vaping his e-cigarette in the night.

He also mentions that the numpty got a £300 ($415) fine.

Do you want to be that numpty? 🙂

One of Nick’s “bum teammates” got a $250 fine for vaping in his hotel room.

And the fire truck came too!

Firefighters have a vitally important job to do. Anyone wasting their time by vaping or smoking in a hotel room is endangering others.

What if there was a real fire somewhere but the fire truck was out at a hotel because of a vaping incident?

The best way to avoid triggering a sensitive smoke alarm by vaping is to go outside to vape!

Does Vaping Leave A Smell?

Yes, vaping leaves behind smells, eventually.

Although some people are convinced that vapes don’t make any odors, this isn’t the case. It depends on the e-liquid you are using whether or not the fabrics and carpets in the hotel room will be affected.

If you were to blow a lot of vape clouds over a stay of a few days it might leave a lingering smell.

If every guest vaped heavily then over time it would cause problems for the hotel, vaping isn’t as destructive as smoking, but hoteliers still don’t like it.

Make sure you don’t vape near the time that the maid comes to clean your room. If they report you for vaping you could be fined.


Vaping is banned in hotel rooms. Even though no smoke or tobacco is involved hotels treat vaping the same as smoking.

It’s probably best not to vape inside your hotel room and it might be better for other guests and the staff of the hotel if you go outside onto a balcony or to a designated smoking area.

If you are going to do it anyway then the best place to vape might be in your hotel bathroom with the door closed.

If you vape in the main room there is a chance that you will activate the smoke detector and end up paying a fine.

Even without triggering the alarm, if the hotel is able to detect the use of vaping devices, you might be fined.

I’m sure lots of people have vaped in hotel rooms and got away with it.

But do you really want to be that “numpty” or “bum” that sets off the alarm, causes the hotel to be evacuated, and causes the firefighters to be called?

It’s probably best to limit vaping to approved vaping and smoking areas.

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