Despite urging from the WHO, England rejects an indoor vaping ban.
The Department of Health announced to the Guardian that they will not ban vaping inside public places in England, much to the disappointment of the World Health Organization who urged the government ban.
“The Department of Health made clear that it does not plan to outlaw the use of increasingly popular gadgets in enclosed public spaces in Englad, although Wale’s Labour government is considering doing so.”
Electronic cigarettes continue to be a hot topic amongst lobbyists, health groups and trade unions. The Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) are apposing the ban, because as they see it, e-cigarettes could help reduce the number of cigarette smokers.
In their statement, the WHO requested tighter restrictions on the use, sales, content and promotion of e-cigarettes, although they admit that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than conventional cigarettes. At the heart of the WHO’s argument is the rapid boom of the e-cig and e-liquid industry, and the rate at which tobacco companies are buying into it.
For their part, the Department of Health has already banned under age sales of e-cigarettes and will be implementing the Tobacco Products Directive (TDP). The initiative will reduce the level of nicotine allowed in eliquid, ban all advertising of e-cigarettes, and set standards for the ingredients, labelling and packaging of e-cigarette and e-liquid products.
The WHO is fighting to ban all e-cigarette vending machines, and to prevent e-cigarette manufacturers from making any health claims. That would include speaking about the health benefits of e-cigarettes, including their ability to help people quit smoking conventional cigarettes.
In their statement the WHO said, “The fact that [e-cigarettes] exhaled aerosol contains on average lower levels of toxicants than the emissions from combusted tobacco does not mean that these levels are acceptable to involuntarily exposed bystanders.”
The WHO is funded by contributions from member states, and outside donations which makes up 76% of their funding.
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