Scottish Premiership football club Rangers has announced plans to allow the use of electronic cigarettes in the stands at its Ibrox home stadium from the 2018-19 season after striking up a partnership with Vaporized.

A Scottish e-cigarette retailer, Vaporized will serve as the official vaping partner of Rangers from next season and also open a store on the Club Deck in the main concourse at Ibrox.

The use of electronic cigarettes inside UK sports venues has increased in recent times, with a number of teams having introduced similar initiatives so that fans can use their device without having to leave the stands.

Traditional smoking methods have been banned inside enclosed work spaces in Scotland since March 2006.

Doug Mutter, manufacturing and compliance director at Vaporized, said: “Our aim is to help smokers when making the switch to e-cigarettes. We provide advice to every customer who visits our stores to help them to find the right product for them.

“We know it can be a daunting journey when making a life style change such as this. As the e-cigarette specialists, we can help.

“We pride ourselves on helping people make the switch, with a huge variety to choose from, we ensure the product suits each individual customer. The right advice is always at hand with fully trained staff willing to support new and existing customers on their journey.”

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