Five Scottish health boards review ecig policy
After two health boards revised their ecig bans on hospital grounds other health boards in Scotland are reviewing ecig policies in other hospital systems. The e-cigarette policies are being reviewed after the government report that stated ecigs to be 95% safer than combustible tobacco. Also, the NHS will start prescribing an e-cig product for smoking cessation services beginning in 2016.
Five health boards in Scotland are considering lifting their ban on using electronic cigarettes in hospital grounds, BBC Scotland can reveal.
Health chiefs in Ayrshire and Arran, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Lanarkshire and Tayside are reviewing their policies on “vaping” devices. It came after NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it would change its policy.
The board announced it would allow e-cigarettes after new evidence showed they can help smokers quit. Tobacco smoking was banned from the grounds of all hospitals, health centres and GP surgeries in Scotland in April.