Charity calls for ban on e-cigarettes

Published Friday, 25 April 2014
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A leading charity in Northern Ireland is calling for e-cigarettes to be banned in public places until research into the potential side effects are carried out.

Charity calls for ban on e-cigarettes
The health Department said it does not plan to enforce a ban. (© Pacemaker)

It comes as the Republic of Ireland plan to ban the use of them in hospitals next month.

The government of NI is not following suit - but Andrew Dougal from Chest Heart and Stroke said he believes there is a lot of confusion over the use of e-cigarettes which needs to be cleared up.

"We are calling for a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in all public places," he told UTV.

"It is important we have compliance with the smoking ban in public places and with these devices causing so much smoke it's making it difficult for people to implement the smoking ban."

Smoking was banned in NI seven years ago and e-cigarettes are the latest product on the market designed to help people quit the habit.

The cost of using them is 75% cheaper but opinion on using them in public places remains divided.

A statement from the Department of Health said it has no plans to enforce a ban - but said individual trusts could do so under their own health and safety workplace policies.

It explained: "The Department has no plans at present to introduce legislation banning the use of e-cigarettes in HSC premises in Northern Ireland.

"However, individual Trusts may introduce bans on the use of e-cigarettes on premises under their own health and safety workplace policies if they so wish, in a similar way as the Western Trust introduced a complete ban on smoking on Trust grounds in March 2014."

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32 Comments
william in Belfast wrote (234 days ago):
Caolanaybe you should research this a little bit, most of the ingredients in these e-cigs are from natural origin and the vapour is not as you say caused by a chemical reaction it is caused by the atomizer which heats the liquid to make it a vapour. I'd it was a chemical reaction would my bottle of juice not also have smoke in it ?
curlymatz in Enniskillen wrote (235 days ago):
All to do with goverment losing tax.get a life
anthonyb in northampton wrote (235 days ago):
The side effects of what exactly. Nicotine, we already know about the effects of that. Propylene glycol, been around since the 1940's, used in asthma inhalers, and many other things. Vegetable glycerin, applications include cosmetic products, foods, and as a replacement for alcohol in herbal and botanical tinctures. All heavily tested. Or the flavouring, which is food grade or better. Also have been heavily tested. There is no tar or carbon monoxide emissions, or any of the other 4000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke.
James in Belfast wrote (235 days ago):
Been using one for 3 years, no side effects, feel healthier and better for it. I always enjoyed smoking and mainly stopped for my partner who doesn't like it. I study chemistry and microbiology and have looked into this myself. All that is in the vapour is H2O and C10H14N2. That contains hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. It is about as damaging as the air you inhale.
culchy in the stix wrote (235 days ago):
Of course they should be banned in public, they look ridiculous.
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