Patients should be allowed to vape in hospitals to encourage people to quit smoking, a lobby group has said.
The Irish Vape Vendors Association (IVVA) said that the blanket ban on vaping and smoking – forcing people to vape alongside smokers – creates the impression that vaping is as bad for health as tobacco. Furthermore, it exposes vapers to the known dangers of secondary smoking.
Health Service not thinking straight
Public health experts in Britain have also called for a relaxation of rules about vaping in hospitals. A number of Hospital Trusts in Scotland and England have already reversed bans.
The Health Service Executive banned vaping in its buildings and on hospital campuses in 2014. Gillian Golden, spokeswoman for the IVVA, claimed there was a lack of joined-up thinking in the Executive’s approach to smoking cessation.