Public Health England, an executive agency of the Department of Health, has published a new set of guidelines allowing businesses and employers to create their own e-cigarette policies.
PHE argue that now there 2.8 million British e-cig users, the rules for vaping in public places and workplaces need to be appropriated policies.
It is hoped that the new framework established by the PHE will give organisations the ability to properly create policies that support smokers quitting and manages risks in their settings.
The framework, a 15-page publication, acknowledges that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, as the environment in a factory or warehouse is of stark contrast to a nursery school.
“The evidence is clear that vaping is much less harmful than smoking and that e-cigarettes are helping many smokers to quit,” said Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of health and wellbeing at PHE, the organisation which found that e-cigs are 95% safer than regular cigarettes.
“This new framework will encourage organisations to consider both the benefits and the risks when developing their own policies on e-cigarettes.”
“Different approaches will be appropriate in different places, but policies should take account of the evidence and clearly distinguish vaping from smoking.”
Unlike cigarette smoke, it is widely known that vaping does not cause passive effects. Moreover, there is no evidence that suggests e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking.
The framework created by PHE has five principles for the creation of vaping policy:
• Make clear the distinction between vaping and smoking.
• Ensure policies are informed by the evidence on health risks to bystanders.
• Identify and manage risks of uptake by children and young people.
• Support smokers to stop smoking and stay smokefree.
• Support compliance with smoke-free law and policies.