Public Health England Wants Fewer Restrictions On Vaping In Hospitals
“We’ve known from the start that the UK had a little bit more of an open mind about vaping than the U.S. did. Just a few years ago, Public Health England stated an oft-quoted estimate that e-cigarettes were roughly 95% safer than regular tobacco cigarettes. That same organization has been raising eyebrows again lately after it suggested that hospitals in the UK should make e-cigarettes and vape devices available for purchase in their facilities. They also propose that patients should have access to vaping lounges in hospitals.
Public Health England isn’t stopping there in its quest to champion e-cigarettes in hospitals. They’re hoping to get general practitioners the ability to prescribe e-cigs to patients at no cost as well.
Currently, patients are unable to smoke inside hospitals in the UK, just as in the United States. For visitors and hospital staff, some hospitals have a designated smoking shelter outside that is intended for smokers and vapers. This too has raised protest from vapers and e-cig advocates, who contend that vaping is so different from smoking that e-cig smokers should not have to inhale secondhand cigarettes smoke when they vape.