Public Health England has revealed it's opposition to a potential ban on e-cigarettes in public places, and called for businesses to relax their current rules, as they argue that this could “put off smokers from using e-cigarettes to quit smoking".
"A ban on using e-cigarettes in public places could be damaging, as it may put off smokers from using electronic cigarettes to help them quit," says Rosanna O'Connor from Public Health England
Rosanna O’Connor comments came after a medic at the British Medical Association’s annual meeting in Belfast argued that further restrictions should be placed on where e-cigarettes can be used.
However PHE (Public Health England) say that this could put off more smokers switching to e-cigarettes.
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Rosanna O'Connor, director of drugs, alcohol and tobacco at PHE, said: "Vaping is not the same as smoking, second-hand 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.”
Currently around 2.4 million people use e-cigarettes in the United Kingdom and currently there is no nationwide legislation on the use of electronic cigarettes, instead establishments are left to create their own rules on vaping.
This year a bill in Wales that would have banned e-cigarettes in public places failed to pass by a single vote after public health advocates, professors and the public spoke out against the potential ban.