Public Health England (PHE) have released some very welcome guidance about vaping policy in public and in the workplace.
Their advice is measured and sensible throughout and they repeat that vaping carries a fraction of the risk of cigarettes and has the potential to help drive down smoking rates and improve public health but that policy makers must make clear the distinction between vaping and smoking. PHE is strong in its assertion that the estimated 2.8 million vapers in the UK need to be encouraged to stay smoke-free and that future policies about vaping in public should be focused on fostering an environment in which e-cigarettes can provide a route out of smoking for England's eight million smokers.
There are many positive points within the guidance including a welcome acknowledgement that smokers can achieve their desired nicotine level much quicker than vapers, and this difference should be taken into account particularly in workplaces.
We thought this statement was most notable and urge you to share this with your employer if you are currently being forced to vape alongside smokers in a smoking room or designated smoking area in your workplace:
"it is never acceptable to require vapers to share the same outdoor space with smokers. Where a designated outdoor smoking area has been provided in a public place or workplace, vapers should be allowed to vape elsewhere"
Links to all the documents can be found below.
E-cigarettes in public places and workplaces: a 5-point guide to policy making.
Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces: advice to inform evidence-based policy making.
Report of PHE stakeholder ‘conversation’ on use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places and workplaces