Can I Vape At NHL Arenas?

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Heading to the ice hockey you’ll always be hoping for a barn burner, but even though there’s nothing burning in your e-cigarette, many arenas have strict regulations regarding vaping. With 30 NHL arenas – including 7 in Canada, eh? – the rules seem similar across the board:

Whilst many of the stadiums mentioned don’t have specific policies forbidding vaping, the majority of events spaces in the USA and Canada take a hard line on vaping and so if you’re unsure, we’d advise keeping your e-cig in your pocket whilst rink-side.

At many arenas there are areas where you’ll be allowed to vape and some will let you outside to use your e-cigarette before coming back in. Here we’ve outlined the rules for all the arenas across the Eastern and Western Conferences.


Boston Bruins: Smoking is not permitted in TD Garden at any time.

Buffalo Sabres: First Niagra Center is a smoke-free facility. There are no “designated smoking areas on arena property and fans will not be permitted to smoke on the grounds during any games or events and includes the use of electronic tobacco products (including e-cigarettes, Nicotine inhalers, etc.)”

Carolina Hurricanes: “PNC Arena is a smoke and tobacco free facility; including electronic cigarettes.”

Columbus Blue Jackets: In Nationwide Arena, “smoking of any kind is prohibited, including e-cigarettes.”

Detroit Red Wings: “Joe Louis Arena is a smoke-free facility, but guests wishing to smoke may exit and re-enter the building at the East entrance (outside Section 115).”

Florida Panthers: For BB&T Center: “Based upon the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act, smoking is not allowed in any public area. Guests wishing to smoke may do so outside on all levels.”

Montreal Canadiens: Centre Bell is a non-smoking facility.

New Jersey Devils: “Prudential Center is a smoke and tobacco-free building, including electronic cigarettes.”

New York Islanders: Electronic smoking devices are not permitted to be used inside the Barclays Center.

New York Rangers: “In compliance with New York City regulations, there is no smoking, including Electronic Cigarettes, permitted anywhere in Madison Square Garden.”

Ottawa Senators: Per a policy change in 2015, in Canadian Tire Centre, “Those persons attending games will be able to smoke in designated areas outside of the venue before and after games and events.”

Philadelphia Flyers: At Wells Fargo Center, “Patrons who wish to smoke outside the venue may access the outdoor smoking areas located by Section 104-105 and outside the Cure Insurance Club.”

Pittsburgh Penguins: “Smoking is not permitted anywhere in CONSOL Energy Center for the safety and consideration of all guests.”

Tampa Bay Lightning: “Smoking is not permitted inside Amalie Arena. Guests on the 100 and 300 Levels may use the smoking area on the plaza by taking the SW stair tower located across from Sections 328 and 126 down to level 2 and going outside. Guests on the Club Level may use the East Club Deck outside Section 212.”

Toronto Maple Leafs: “Smoking is strictly prohibited inside Air Canada Centre” per Ontario’s Smoke-Free Act.

Washington Capitals: ““Smoking is not allowed inside Verizon Center. This is a smoke-free facility. If you would like to smoke while attending an event at the arena, you can exit after the event starts from almost any exit. Upon exiting you must get your hand stamped and then re-enter the arena through the main entrance on F Street NW.”


Anaheim Ducks: “Pursuant to State and Local ordinances, guests may not smoke any substance inside Honda Center.  This includes electronic cigarettes.”

Arizona Coyotes: “Smoking is not permitted in Gila River Arena at any time; however, there are designated smoking areas conveniently located on the Gate 2 and Gate 6 patios of the Main Concourse. E-cigarette use is also not permitted inside Gila River Arena.”

Calgary Flames: “Scotiabank Saddledome is a smoke free facility.” Guests can smoke outside in designated areas.

Chicago Blackhawks: “At United Center, smoking is not permitted anywhere in the arena, including vapor electronic cigarettes. A designated smoking area is located outside of Gate 7. To access, you must have your ticket scanned upon exiting and re-entering.”

Colorado Avalanche: “Pepsi Center is a non-smoking facility. Smoking, chewing tobacco and alternative smoking devices (electronic or vapor) are only permitted in designated smoking areas.”

Dallas Stars: “Smoking, including alternative smoking devices such as electronic and/or vapor, is only permitted in designated smoking areas.”

Edmonton Oilers: Rexall Place has a no-smoking policy, which includes e-cigs.

Los Angeles Kings: “STAPLES Center seating area is a smoke free environment. Smoking is permitted only designated areas.”

Minnesota Wild: “Xcel Energy Center is a smoke-free arena. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, anywhere in the building is strictly prohibited. Designated smoking areas are located outside the arena at Gate 3.”

Nashville Predators: “In compliance with Metro Ordinance 10.18.020, Bridgestone Arena is a smoke free facility.” Designated smoking areas will vary by event, so check with the arena upon arrival.

San Jose Sharks: “SAP Center at San Jose is a smoke-free facility and smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the building, including restrooms. This includes electronic cigarettes. Designated smoking areas are provided outside SAP Center at San Jose entrances and exits.”

St. Louis Blues: “Scottrade Center is a smoke-free facility, but guests wishing to smoke may exit to the designated pass out area (Plaza Garage patio) and re-enter the building at the West Plaza Garage Entrance (outside Section 109). This area is only open between the start of the first period and the start of the third period.”

Vancouver Canucks: “Rogers Arena is a smoke-free environment. This includes e-cigarettes and personal vapourizers. There are no in-and-out privileges.”

Winnipeg Jets: “MTS Centre is a smoke-free building. (This includes electronic cigarettes, and chewing tobacco)…Patrons who wish to smoke during a concert or event are asked to have their ticket scanned out, and exit one of three main entrances to the MTS Centre.”

Get The Most Out Of Your blu

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Sometimes you might have an issue with a blu electronic cigarette not performing as well as it normally does. Before you call Customer Service to troubleshoot, we have several quick-fix tips and tricks you can try that will have you vaping in no time.

  1. Check your battery

If your blu doesn’t seem to be working, the first thing to do is check the battery to see if it’s sufficiently charged. If the blue light comes on when you inhale, your battery is working and doesn’t need to be charged at the moment. If it doesn’t light up, try charging your blu. If you still notice performance problems, you may need to clean your battery.

For more information on how to properly charge your blu PLUS+™, visit the How The blu PLUS+™ Works page.

  1. Check your blu PLUS+ Tank™

If you’ve checked the charge on your device, and nothing is coming out of your e-cig, your tank might need some help. If you’re using a blu PLUS+™ Tank, simply unscrew your tank and wipe off the connector with a clean cloth or paper towel.

  1. Redistribute your liquid

If you’re not getting enough flavor from your tank, or it doesn’t taste as strong as usual, store your blu with the mouthpiece pointing upright for at least 5 minutes to allow your liquid to settle.

  1. Check out our FAQs

If you’re still having trouble getting the hang of your e-cig, don’t worry – we’ve all been there at some point! You’ll find the answers to the most common questions about everything vaping-related on our FAQs page.

Electronic Cigarettes vs. Traditional Cigarettes

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By switching to e-cigs, you can still get the satisfaction of a traditional cigarette – but you avoid the tar, odor and ash that come with it. Are you the type who needs to see hard evidence before you make a change? We feel you on that. It’s a big transition. We can help you make an educated decision with a few facts.

Comparing the cost of electronic cigarettes with traditional cigarettes

If you’ve ever balanced your budget, you know traditional cigarettes can be expensive. And let’s face it, it never hurts to have extra money every month to spiff up your wardrobe, wow your date, tip your way past that velvet rope or maybe save up for a weekend getaway.

Go green with an electronic cigarette

You may not drive an electric car or live off the grid, but we can all care about the Earth. Plain and simple, traditional cigarettes increase a person’s carbon footprint. More than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are tossed each year (yes, that’s trillion with a “t”), and more than 600 million trees are destroyed, all in the name of tobacco production. In short, this takes a heavy toll on the environment.

But the typical electronic cigarette can be recycled at just about any of your local recycling facilities—meaning that it’s a true green alternative.

Advance your career simply by switching to an e-cig

Here’s an advantage you probably didn’t think of – your career might benefit from making the switch to e-cigs Studies suggest that on average, smokers earn less than people who don’t smoke, and some 6,000 US-based companies refuse to hire people who smoke. Statistics show that the average smoker spends more than an hour smoking each workday, meaning a loss of 20 work hours per month. No wonder smoking can affect your job.

The alternative, of course, is an electronic cigarette. By producing no smoke or odor – just vapor – e-cigarettes let you vape at your convenience. So making the switch may help you climb that corporate ladder and become the captain of industry your mom always knew you could be.