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Scottish Hospitals to Allow Vaping in 2016?


The New Year may bring new hope to many Scottish Vapers, as five Scottish Hospitals have announced they are to review their policies on vaping, and may allow vaping on their grounds. 

This move has come after NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it was going to reverse its policy, and allow vaping after evidence has shown that e-cigarettes can help many move away from tobacco use. They have also considered the recent findings of Public Health England that show e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than smoking. 

Tobacco smoking was banned in and on hospital grounds in Scotland in April 2015, but each board was allowed to decide if they were to allow vaping or not.  Lothian Health Board was the only forward thinking health board to allow vaping, but now it seems that five others could follow suit. 

According to the Scotsman Newspaper, ‘The policy reviews follow guidance published by Health Scotland in November, which recommended that smoking cessation services should support people who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking. 

‘It also stated that, in deciding whether to allow the outdoor use of e-cigarettes in hospital grounds, boards must balance the benefits to smokers with any concerns about the impact to non-smokers.’ 

Emilia Crighton, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Director of Public Health said, “I welcome the Board’s decision to approve the use of e-cigarettes in specific areas within our grounds.  It is clear from research carried out by Public Health England, ourselves and others that e-cigarettes do have their place in the fight against tobacco and are being used effectively to help people stop smoking altogether,”

4th January 2016, 15:11