‘There is a certain logic in confining smoking to rooms where only smokers are harmed, but it does not square well with the evidence on effective smoke-free laws.’ Says Martin Dockrell, Tobacco Control Programme Lead at Public Health England, who has shown admirable lateral thinking about the issue.
‘In practice when you allow smoke indoors, it is very hard to confine it only to the lungs of smokers. But it got me thinking. What if our smokefree parks mean that parents who smoke (often the most disadvantaged) became less likely to take their children to the park? What if making the outdoor areas of council estates smoke-free meant that more people smoked inside?
By permitting vaping in the park but not smoking, smokers might be more inclined to try vaping. Once they have started vaping, they might then feel more able to make their homes smoke-free.’