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.
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: