Hospital vaping ban sends mixed message
A public health expert is worried that a hospital vaping ban is sending the wrong message to smokers that might want to quit using e-cigs.
Banning people from smoking e-cigarettes in hospital grounds sends a mixed message about their dangers, a public health expert has warned.
Smoking tobacco products was banned in all Scottish hospital grounds in 2015, but individual health boards can choose whether to allow “vaping” – smoking electronic cigarettes which give smokers a nicotine fix without tobacco.
NHS Fife and Lanarkshire have banned vaping, but NHS Tayside is now set to follow NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lothian by lifting the prohibition.
Professor Linda Bauld, of Stirling University, said there was little evidence to support a ban and warned that it could discourage smokers from quitting cigarettes.
Writing in an article for the journal, Tobacco Control, Prof Bauld said: “By treating e-cigarettes like tobacco and banning them in certain places, it gives a message to the public about them being as dangerous as smoking.