Yesterday (Wednesday 28), over 100 people attended a public health forum in Louisville, United States to hear from medical personnel and scientists on e-cigarettes and any adverse effects of vaping.
It has been proposed that Louisville will ban e-cigarettes and hookah to workplaces and indoor public spaces, just like they did with cigarettes in 2008.
Critics of the ban have highlighted the tremendous success of e-cigs in helping people quit, saying that vaping can help smokers cut down to using very low or zero nicotine.
Furthermore, opponents of the ban has criticised the ban as it is considered unnecessary and could cause more vaping restrictions, and that most vapers don’t vape where they shouldn’t smoke.
Billy Bryant, who is an owner of an e-liquid manufacturer, has pointed to the health benefits of vaping, and believe decisions on the ban should be given to employers.
“Why can’t we let a business decide if we want to subject my employees or patrons to this?”
“Give them the information, make them aware of the studies. If a business wants to allow it, why can’t they allow it for a healthier alternative?”
In July, Public Health England, the widely respected health body that revealed e-cigs are around 95% safer than traditional tobacco, argued that employees should be able to vape, and urged employers to create special vaping rooms to help them kick their smoking habits.
Over the last few months, some NHS hospitals have allowed vaping on its grounds. NHS Tayside joined Nottingham and Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospitals in allowing e-cig use.
Government officials are currently seeking feedback from the community ahead of the proposed ban. The deadline is on October 28.
Aruni Bathangar, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville, says there is evidence that shows that people who are exposed to e-cig vapour inhale the same amount of nicotine and ingredients.
However, this has been widely disputed and disproven by a general scientific opinion that there is no second-hand vaping. The fierce e-cig debate in Louisville was backed by several health organisations.