Should smoking e-cigarettes be banned in enclosed public spaces?

An e-cigarette. An e-cigarette.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
8:10 AM

As it emerges Wales could be the first part of the UK to ban smoking e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces, we’re asking readers for their views.

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Welsh health minister Professor Mark Drakeford said officials were considering a ban amid concerns the products could “re-normalise” the use of conventional cigarettes.

He said there were also concerns that their spread could undermine the ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public spaces, making it more difficult to enforce.

“We have spent 30 years ... creating a climate in this country where people understand that smoking is not something that is to be regarded as glamorous or desirable. We are concerned that e-cigarettes might reverse that tide,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

“We are concerned that they might act as a gateway to conventional cigarettes. It contains nicotine, it’s highly addictive and you might then find it easier to move on to conventional cigarettes.”

Do you think smoking e-cigarettes should be banned in enclosed public spaces? Take part in our poll or post your comment below.

13 comments

  • They don`t just give off water vapour. It`s nicotine vapour which can be stronger than a normal cigarette. These devices remain untested and the makers do not disclose what other chemicals they use in these devices. So while you puff away to your hearts content and come up with every excuse as to why you smoke and can`t give up I do not want to be anywhere near anyone when they do.

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    BG

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Would you stick your head over a bonfire and inhale the smoke. No you wouldn`t. So why does anyone want to inhale anything intentionally that will damage their lungs. You only get one pair of lungs and you should treat them with the greatest of respect. Not being able to breath properly at times is no joke.

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    BG

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Actually I have many concerns. These things are advertised as cool and fun with many addons and cool flavours sparkly accessories. I think it has made smoking cool again and as a mum of four it worrys me that my children will end up picking up an addiction whether its seemnas less harmful or whatever it is none the less still an addiction and it has been prooven with other addictions that people often end up going on to other things....in this case possibly real cigs. I know they help reduce the risk to those wanting to give up but what I have found with my friends is they are not using it as a stepping stone to give up they just swap over to it and have stayed with it. They are spending a fortune of fancy gadgets to go with it and flavours etc and their original plan to quit the habit has been forgotten as they are happy thinking that they have found a safer alternative so meaning they have not really given up the addiction at all. I think that it all needs far better regulations. I have seen adverts with cartoon chars and 8bit graphics making them look like child like products and they truely are not. I gave up smoking after only two years of doing it and did so with no aids. I know not everyone is the same but if these are REALLY to HELP quitting than that is what they should do. The maufacturers are laughing at the users expense who still have not really quit their addiction. I think Daisy misses the point... of course chewing your pen isnt going to encourage a child to take up smoking but a jewel encrusted bright pink vape with strawberry flavouring advertised with pretty cartoon pictures may well enspire a teenager to think about it (and yes these are all sights you can find on facebook of all places - its a big selling place and FB need to rethink in my opinion too). Also being addicted to anything is bad for you...and your pocket. Even an addiction to food is unhealthy and I think any doctor would agree addiction is a bad thing in any form. These are being advertised as harmless and almost fun items and that is what needs to change first most. There is currently no real research for either argument and this is why these need research and proper regulation to be used for what they are ment for.. not an alternative to smoking but a stepping stone for quitting. If not you are just kidding yourself you have given up and as I said the manufacturers of these things are laughing all the way to the bank at your expense.

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    Samantha Moore

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • To Samantha and Mr T. The advertising industry used to make great play of how cool and sexy it was to smoke. We have come a long way since then. I know of a significant number of people who have gone to an early grave because they were smokers. Seeing someone fighting for breath because they have a lung disease like emphysema is truly awful. And what do they all say, I wish I had never smoked. These e cigarettes ought to be banned. We don`t know the long term effects but the fact that they emit nicotine should be warning enough.

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    BG

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • BG you are spot on.. these things not only stink but are carcinogenic and potentially as harmful as a normal cigarette. These things should be banned in public places same as the real things. Lets be honest, they look about as "cool" as the idiot with the Blue Tooth stuck behind his ear, or obese people in tight lycra. Just another money making gimmick that people have been brain washed into buying.

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    Mr T

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • They don`t just give off water vapour. It`s nicotine vapour which can be stronger than a normal cigarette. These devices remain untested and the makers do not disclose what other chemicals they use in these devices. So while you puff away to your hearts content and come up with every excuse as to why you smoke and can`t give up I do not want to be anywhere near anyone when they do.

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    BG

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • So now we are banned from doing stuff that looks like stuff that is banned? Don't give your kid its squash in a pint pot or you will be encouraging underage drinking, don't put your biro to your mouth as if it is a cigarette or let your kid drive a pedal car... Absurd thing-these e cigarettes have helped several people I know give up smoking. We were told it was the tars in cigarettes that were dangerous but now it seems being addicted to nicotine is a big no no. Since when did addiction become illegal and nicotine a banned drug? Isnt that what the NHS spends a fortune handing out to those trying to give up smoking?

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • The important word here is "smoking" and therefore they should be subject to the same ban as tobacco based cigarettes. As for those who say they are harmless...that's what people thought about tobacco cigarettes at first and they were proved very wrong. The argument about helping people give up smoking as a reason they should not be banned is self defeating, the ban does a better job than allowing a replacement to me smoked (yes that word again). To me they are a fashion accessory to many and encourage the action of smoking, so when they are regulated or banned for the harm they do what will their addicts do?

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    KeithS

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • They only give off vapour not smoke so what's the problem? These e cigs have helped thousands of people to quit so where's the harm. I stopped smoking 10 years ago before these e cigs came out and I used an inhalator which I got from the GP on prescription. Similar to an e cig but doesn't give off vapour. It helped me to quit.

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    samphirelover

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • They don`t just give off water vapour. It`s nicotine vapour which can be stronger than a normal cigarette. These devices remain untested and the makers do not disclose what other chemicals they use in these devices. So while you puff away to your hearts content and come up with every excuse as to why you smoke and can`t give up I do not want to be anywhere near anyone when they do.

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    BG

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • People that smoke these things in an enclosed public space are just wanting someone to ask them to stop so they can turn around and state “actually the law specifies ... yaddahyaddahyaddah blahblahblah” Like a Scottish bloke using a RBS note and hoping the cashier kicks off. These people are posers, just have a polite chuckle to yourself and let them get on with it.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • I'd like to point out again I have several friends who had stopped smoking all together until someone pointed these out and now they all puff away.... so they have not quit at all. They were quitting and now they have every pretty gadget and the such you can imagine. They are being sold as gimmicks and while e-cigs CAN be beneficial if people are merely swapping to these they are still none the less addicted. Anyway for those claiming a right to smoke and have the freedom to have these e-cigs where ever they like please remember as a non (or ex smoker in my case so I know both sides) we have the right to not inhale things we dont wish to. You are right Mr T They are not cool but they are sure as hell being advertised to be cool which is rather a contradiction to what every claims they are for.

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    Samantha Moore

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • What utter rubbish this idea is. There is no physical way that an E-Cigarette can harm any one not smoking one. The only found "harm" that these cause is a possibility of hyper tension. The only thing that comes out of these is the same smoke as a smoke machine at a night club. Whilst we're banning things that look like other things, I had smoked mackerel the other day whilst drinking diet coke from a pint glass. Maybe I should go to jail or not be seen in public.

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    Harriet Stebbing

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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