Smoking ban should not apply to e-cigarettes and vaping should be allowed at work, in pubs and on trains, MPs say

E-cigarettes are exempt from smoke-free legislation but are blanket banned by many businesses and public transport operators – this makes safer alternative less attractive, Science and Technology Committee warns.

Train operators, pubs and employers should rethink blanket bans on e-cigarette use which make smokers less likely to quit tobacco products and are not backed by evidence, MPs have said.

A major report the Commons Science and Technology Committee has warned smokers are dying as a result of ministers’ misconceptions about the risks of e-cigarettes, and calls for a national debate and regulatory overhaul.

Most public and private organisations have extended bans on smoking in public places to e-cigarettes, despite them being exempt from “smoke-free” legislation and being significantly safer.

Instead vaping should be incentivised, MPs say, and dedicated vaping carriages on trains could be part of this.

“It [vaping carriages] needs to be considered,” committee chair Norman Lamb MP told The Independent. “I would have no problem with that.

“I would choose as a preference to sit somewhere where there wasn’t vaping, but there is not the same public health argument to protect people from secondhand vape as there is for smoking.


Former health minister Norman Lamb recognises there is a ‘nuisance issue’ around the smell and cloud produced by vaping but these concerns are coloured by misplaced health fears

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