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Forcing vapers to outside smoking areas ‘not acceptable,’ says public health expert

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The vaping community is being bombarded with several newly proposed and newly passing anti-vaping regulations on many fronts. The FDA wants to seek public input regarding a possible ban on flavored e-liquids, and several city governments are passing local ordinances banning the sales of flavored vape juices citywide. But the oldest, most widely adopted anti-vaping policies are implemented by private and government employers where vapers are banished to the outdoor smoking areas.

Dr. Kathryn Scott of the Yorkshire Cancer Research Center

At least one public health expert is taking exception to these anti-vaping policies by claiming that companies who force vapers to vape alongside smokers is simply “not acceptable” because it increases the chances of relapse. In a recent interview on StrayFM radio, Dr. Kathryn Scott of the Yorkshire Cancer Research Center in the UK says businesses and their management should encourage and support vapers because smoking is the #1 cause of death in Yorkshire.

“E-cigarette use is not covered by UK smoke-free laws, which prohibit smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces. Vaping is a different activity to smoking and should be treated as such. It is not acceptable to require vapers to share the same outdoor space as smokers, or to ban e-cigarette use. This could undermine an attempt to quit or make it more difficult for people to stay smoke-free. Vaping should be made a more convenient, as well as a safer option.”

“It is vital that healthcare professionals understand that vaping is an essential tool for improving the health of people living in our region. Negative coverage in the media has led to a misconception that vaping is dangerous, when the reality is that e-cigarettes have the potential to reduce the harm from tobacco caused to smokers, those around them and the wider society.”

Dr. Kathryn Scott estimates that Britain’s Yorkshire is home to an estimated 750,000 daily smokers. The entire metropolitan only houses about five million people. That’s about 14.3% of the city’s total population, and Scott says it’s time to do something about it. In her radio interview, Scott also referred to the 2015 research published by Public Health England documenting that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. She also calls out mainstream media for promoting obviously bogus news stories that demonize vaping and label it a gateway to teen smoking. 

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