Just wanted to post a quick message here as regards the "smokeless" cigarettes sold on Ryanair flights. They are not referring to them as "smokeless" because they produce a vapour, they are calling them "smokeless" because that is their brand name. They are called "SIMILAR Smokeless cigarettes" and they are NOT ELECTRIC. There is a lot of misleading information out there that I have seen. They are not good either, which is why they are only 6 Euros per pack of 10. Can you imagine if they sold e-cigs? They'd be selling them at 80 - 100 Euros or something, let's face it!
I bought a packet a month ago on a Ryanair flight from Lithuania to the UK. The Similar Smokeless Cigarette is basically a stick, the size and shape of a standard straight cigarette with nicotine coated on the inside. You hold it to your mouth, you drag, you inhale nicotine using the air around you and exhale the air around you; no throat hit, no smoke, no vapour, no nothing...except transparent, invisible carbon dioxide and a slight after-taste of wet cardboard! If you're looking for a cigarette on these flights that is the same as the e-cig, you're going to be royally disappointed because you're not going to find one - these just DON'T cut it!
I was not a heavy smoker when I smoked (rolled my own Golden Virginia), now I am a moderate to heavy vapourer and if you're looking for a throat hit, smoke/vapour to exhale and a great taste, whatever's your preference, pray to God e-cigs are allowed on your flight, but don't waste your money on Similar Smokeless Cigarettes; I did and I could have put that 6 Euros towards buying more e-liquid! Dammit!
Additionally, I am heading back to Lithuania next week for Christmas and I am taking my e-cig (DSE901) with me, so I shall let you know whether I am permitted to vape or not as soon as I get my hands on my girlfriend’s laptop! Watch this space!
Are electronic nicotine inhalers allowed on Ryanair? No! Well, I can only inform you of what happened on my particular journey.
As is standard on Ryanair flights, electronic items may not be used on take off and landing, but once airborne, you're good to go with most electronic items. So, once airborne, I asked a friendly looking stewardess,
"Electronic nicotine inhalers are permitted on Ryanair flight, aren't they?" her eyes widened and she looked like a deer caught in the headlights, so she said,
"Sorry, can you repeat that, please?". I did and then produced my DSE901 from my pocket. As soon as she saw it she immediately said,
"Oh, no! We do not allow these. Follow me and I shall show you what you can buy to use on this flight." I knew where this was going and sure enough, out came the "SMOKELESS" Similar cigarette. Dammit! At this point one of the male stewards had joined in explaining the flavours of the Similar cigarette. I listened politely, even though I was never going to buy one...again!
In a friendly way, I smiled when I looked at the packet of Similar cigarettes and said,
"It is interesting that these (Similar) are allowed and these (DSE901) are not as the electric ones are just as harmless, the only difference being these (DSE901) produce a water vapour". I produced a card that had come with a purchase from e-cigs.co.uk, explaining the smoking ban law on one side and advertising their harmlessness on the other, but to no avail; I got an unrelenting,
"I'm sorry" from the air stewardess and a confirming,
"Sorry" from the air steward.
As it happens, I am not desperately addicted, so can survive a three hour flight no problem, but it is frustrating that these harmless electronic nicotine inhalers are so feared by those who know so little about them and will refuse their use when they are no more harmful than another product that is actually being sold!
I asked one pub manager if I was allowed to vape in his premises. He knew all about electronic nicotine inhalers and said,
"Well, it's that fine line isn't it? If I allow you to use that in here, it will look like someone is smoking in my pub, won't it?
"Yes, but I won't be - I will be vaping" I calmly corrected.
"...And all the people who look like they are smoking, go out the back to the smoking area" Which is where I had to go if I wanted to vape. If that had been someone needing their nicotine, who had deliberately moved off smoking cigarettes to a healthier alternative so as not to breath in smoke, they would have had to get it whilst breathing in other people's second hand smoke, which has been proven to be more harmful that smoking cigarettes yourself! Morally corrupt on that one, I think!
Role on the time when everyone knows about these inhalers and supports them!
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