Vape ban in bars and restaurants?

23 June 2016
Vape ban in bars and restaurants?

Vapers have become something of a meme in recent months, and to further slap the trilby off their head, now there's a bunch of doctors saying that their e-cigarettes should be banned from public places like bars and restaurants.

The medics have said that the vapes carry the risk of "passive vaping," and that their use encourages children to get into them.

Public health officials threw out any notion of a ban, saying that a ban is more likely to deter smokers from switching to e-cigarettes, which means they'll be back on the cigs instead.

Dr Iain Kennedy, a consultant in public health, said: “It is a myth that there is no such thing as passive vaping. There are new potential risks, and we don't yet know the level of those risks."

"It is a precautionary principle – until we do the studies and have a better idea of what the risks may or may not be, we should restrict their use in public places."

"E-cigarettes are probably going to be a very useful tool for helping people quit but we don't want vaping to be seen as a cool activity to take up if they haven't been smoking," Dr Kennedy added.

"A ban on using e-cigarettes in public places could be damaging, as it may put off smokers from using e-cigarettes to help them quit."

Rosanna O'Connor, director of drugs, alcohol and tobacco at Public Health England said: "Vaping is not the same as smoking, secondhand smoke is harmful to health but there is no evidence that e-cigarette vapour carries the same harms."

"In fact a ban on using e-cigarettes in public places could be damaging, as it may put off smokers from using e-cigarettes to help them quit."

TOPICS:   Health

2 comments

  • VinnyGracchus

    There is no more risk from passive vaping than there was of passive smoking.  But then again that didn't stop the smoking ban. 

    See the latest study disputing the risks of second hand smoke: Peter N Lee, John S Fry, Barbara A Forey, Jan S Hamling, Alison J Thornton, Environmental tobacco smoke exposure and lung cancer: A systematic review. World J Meta-Anal. Apr 26, 2016; 4(2): 10-43, doi: 10.13105/wjma.v4.i2.10

    CONCLUSION: Most, if not all, of the ETS/lung cancer association can be explained by confounding adjustment and misclassification correction. Any causal relationship is not convincingly demonstrated.

  • SmokingLamp

    Passive vaping presents no more threat than passive smoking. See the latest study disputing the risks of second hand smoke: Peter N Lee, John S Fry, Barbara A Forey, Jan S Hamling, Alison J Thornton, Environmental tobacco smoke exposure and lung cancer: A systematic review. World J Meta-Anal. Apr 26, 2016; 4(2): 10-43, doi: 10.13105/wjma.v4.i2.10

    CONCLUSION: Most, if not all, of the ETS/lung cancer association can be explained by confounding adjustment and misclassification correction. Any causal relationship is not convincingly demonstrated.

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