Vaping Is NOT Smoking

In a remarkable vote of confidence in the benefits of vaping over smoking a new UK Gov backed report says employers should not enforce workers to vape in the same area as smokers.

vaping in the workplace and in public spaces

The latest paper from Public Health England (PHE) goes further and says that managers of public spaces operating a strict ‘smoke free zone’ – including NHS properties and the workplace – should:

“Seek to develop approaches to e-cigarettes that support smoke-free sites…”

In other words, by all means, ban smoking in public but do not lump the vapers into the same category.

No Laws to Ban Vaping

Pointing out the legal issues around banning smoking the report says categorically there is NO current law available to ban vaping anywhere:

“E-cigarette use, known as vaping, is not covered by smoke-free legislation. E-cigarettes do not burn tobacco and do not create smoke…”

PHE says it’s ambition is to create a smoke-free generation in the UK by 2025 and recognizes vaping will go a long way to help that aim adding that it was important to create an environment where vaping and e-cigarettes are a route out of smoking.

Given the current cost to the tax payer, to pick up the pieces of smoke related health issues is currently around £14 billion it has to be in everyone’s interest to support vaping every single way they can – including in the workplace.

Smoking Ban Backfires?

Whilst the ban on smoking in places such as pubs has helped cut down the numbers of smokers, the report is concerned that forcing vapers onto the streets so to speak has led to many being tempted back into smoking.

Far from keeping smoking out of the public eye, the PHE says:

“While smoke-free law protects people from the harm of secondhand smoke, forcing smokers outdoors has increased public visibility of smoking, including to children and young people. Having a more enabling approach to vaping can mitigate this and help make smoking less of a social norm.”

Pointing out there is no evidence of harm to health by the so-called ‘passive vaping‘ PHE recommends a ‘vaping etiquette’ should be introduced in public spaces – such as minimizing the amount of vapour – sorry cloud chasers but I have to agree with that one.

I’m lucky that my local pub allows vaping however even I get a bit ticked off when billows of cloud – no matter how nice it smells – covers all and sundry in a Victorian smog.

At home and outside yes – but in public, you’re just giving ‘them’ the argument that vapers are indeed a ‘public nuisance’.

Turn that mod down in the boozer or get a separate mouth to lung tank for vaping in public!

Spread the Vaping Message

In my opinion, the report is a great start in creating clear blue skies between vaping and smoking.

Of course nowhere, does it say vaping should be allowed everywhere per se – instead, it explains very clearly to no smoking policy makers that vaping should be welcomed if not encouraged and offers employers in particular advice on how to implement vaping policies.

Given the current state of affairs concerning the ridiculous TPD and the fight we’re having to kick it into touch – we as vapers have to recognize this is a victory albeit a small one.

I suggest you download the full paper and drop it on your bosses desk – send a copy to the HR department and leave as many as you can where you can!

Download the full PHE Advice For The Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces report here:

Neil H
I began vaping over 6 years ago and found it easy to give up a 40 per day roll-up habit! DTL: Lost Vape DNA75C BF - Dead Rabbit SQ - MTL: JacVapour Sandstorm DNA 75 + Vandy Vape Berserker...Beater set-up Yosta Livepor 160w + Geekvape Zeus RTA - I'm a former journalist and now a sort of writer and author...I now have a beard - though not a hipster one - mine looks like a dead badgers bum or as I call it 'distinguished'... I'm an Army veteran - adore dogs and never happier than with a good book on a beach.


  1. This is true, vaping is not smoking and it won’t hurt or disturb other. So, I can say it is ok if we are vaping at work, especially like me, my “office” is outdoor. Keep the vape guys.

  2. been working in some places when a had to vape less then when a was a cig smoker and smoking a lot , just because some people think u no need to vape dont understand theres is nicotine adiction involved too and one needs it its not a game

  3. I think vapers should not be forced to vape where smokers are smoking.
    It’s not the same thing.

    • I don’t think vapers should get extra breaks – however I do think they should NOT be forced to vape with the smokers – kinda defeats the object 🙂

  4. No smoking AND no vaping allowed in my workplace! To have either, employees must sneak off, like being at school! Not good!!

  5. Awesome article! My workplace has different rules for vaping than they do for smoking. Being a healthcare facility, they recognize the difference in health risks. I also think there needs to be a large increase in the respect vapers show other people in public.

  6. Good news there Jonny, have share on facebook dude
    you did repeat yourself though at the end of Smoking Ban Backfires? At home and outside yes – but in
    lol sorry just pointing it out m8

      • Thank you!

        Btw, I had heard of that goal to create a smoke-free society, and I was worried they might argue against vaping as “normalizing the habit of smoking”. I am surprised and happy they didn’t go that way, but realized vaping is one (if not THE) solution, not part of the problem.
        I wish there were more evidence-based, rational, non-ideological health institutions like the PHE in other countries, too!


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