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Last week we reported about Vaping in Public and that many health officials have come together to state that putting a ban on vaping in public could be ‘damaging’ and reduce your chances of quitting smoking.

Smoking, although on the decline is still a huge killer.
In England alone, 78,000 deaths occur each year making smoking the number one killer. This figure is far too high and something that the Public Heath England wishes to reduce dramatically.


The Health Act (2006) contains legislation that prohibits smoking in enclosed public places and work places, in vehicles that are used for work purposes and on various modes of public transport. It holds scientific evidence that has proved to be conclusive in its findings.


Electronic cigarettes have not been around along enough yet to gain this vital scientific evidence on there safety but as they do not create smoke as they don’t burn tobacco then they are seen by many to be a safer nicotine delivering device.
In fact PHE published a report in 2015 that stated that Vaping was 95% less harmful than smoking.


This week ( 6th July) the PHE has published new advice for businesses and employers in regard to vaping in the work place.
They have put together a 5 point guide to policy making to make it easier to give Vapers the ‘smoke free’ space they need to vape and to encourage them to stay smoke free in the work place. They acknowledge that the use of electronic cigarettes is becoming the most popular way to quit smoking and would like to see a tobacco free generation by 2025!


With the current information available to them they accept that work places vary greatly and there is no ‘one size fits all approach’. There are many different points to take into account when setting out the framework to help employers in businesses big or small, create electronic cigarette policies and procedures.
The 5 points given are based on the current information and knowledge we already know about e cigs and are aimed to help in the setting up of a vaping policy:


1. Make clear the distinction between vaping and smoking.


2. Ensure policies are informed by the evidence on health risks to bystanders.


3. Identify and manage risks of uptake by children and young people.


4. Support smokers to stop smoking and stay smokefree.


5. Support compliance with smokefree law and policies.

George Butterworth Cancer research UK’s tobacco policy manager said,


“E-cigarettes are still a relatively new product, so it’s understandable that many people and businesses may not know how to deal with them. The evidence so far shows e-cigarettes are much safer than tobacco and they have the potential to help people give up a deadly addiction. It’s important the benefit of using them are maximised while reducing any negative impact, and organisations need independent advice from Public Health England to set out their own policies.”

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/534586/PHE-advice-on-use-of-e-cigarettes-in-public-places-and-workplaces.PDF

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/534585/Report-on-PHE-conversation-on-use-of-e-cigarettes-in-public-places.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/use-of-e-cigarettes-in-public-places-and-workplaces/e-cigarettes-in-public-places-and-workplaces-a-5-point-guide-to-policy-making

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Rory Spurling

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