Some quite interesting news came out yesterday with the reveal that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are lifting their e-cigarette ban. In April smoking was banned on all hospital grounds in Scotland, with vaping being down to the discretion of the management. This resulted in 12 of 13 health boards banning the use of e-cigarettes on hospital grounds, with only NHS Lothian allowing vaping to continue.

Since April, however, more and more evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes has been forthcoming, including the well-publicised Public Health England report which stated vaping was 95% safer than smoking. This report in particular ensured a lot of more positive coverage for e-cigarettes and looks to have convinced people doubting the safety of e-cigarettes to rethink their conclusions.

This research was singled out by NHS GGC as a major contributing factor in their change of heart, with Dr Emilia Crighton saying: "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.”

NHS GGC will now be taking steps to identify specific areas within hospital grounds where vaping will be permitted, before informing staff, patients and visitors of these changes.

This news has been met positively at TRUVAPE, as we feel it is a step in the right direction and shows more people are listening to the evidence on e-cigarette safety, although there is obviously still a long way to go.

Do you agree with our opinion on this or do you think it’s too little too late? Let us know your opinions in the comments, we’re always interested to hear what you think.

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