Welsh health officials aim to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places

Health officials are championing for the ban of electronic cigarettes in public places. According to (PHW) Public Health Wales, the ban will prevent the undermining of efforts meant to encourage people to stop smoking. Lack of regulation of e-cigs would lead to users not knowing if they are safe since the amount of nicotine in the cigarettes varied greatly.

A recent poll of 1000 people conducted by BBC breakfast indicated that most people were in support of the use of e-cigarettes in public places and did not want there to be a ban.

The British Medical Association has taken steps to stop the use of e-cigs in public places as they fear that it could normalize the behavior that has become socially acceptable over the years. However over a million people in the UK use the e-cigs and the smoking ban is not viable since the e-cigs normally vaporize the liquid nicotine and thus no smoke is created.

PHW indicated that in order to sort out the confusion about the use of electronic cigarettes being harmful or not, it had looked at some evidence that was available to assist health experts and the public at large. According to Dr Julie Bishop who is a consultant in the public health for PHW, the aim of tobacco control policy in UK and other countries was to create an environment where not smoking is the norm and not the other way round.

She went on to add that e-cigarette smoking was very similar to smoking a cigarette and that some promotional materials appear like they are advertising cigarette. Dr Julie added that the nicotine in the different e-cigs brands varied greatly and it was very hard for a user to know the amount of nicotine in them.

The greatest concern according to Julie is that lack of e-cigs being regulated maked it hard to carry accurate tests on the e-cigs to determine if they are safe and effective.

According to a recent poll that was done, when people were asked if they would be uncomfortable if somebody used an e-cigarette near them or their family; 75% of the people polled said that they would not be uncomfortable. When asked if e-cigarettes should be banned in public places, only 33% agreed to this.