In the first report of its kind, The Freedom Association’s ‘Freedom to Vape‘ campaign has asked every council in the UK what its policies are on staff using e-cigarettes. Using freedom of information requests, all UK councils (district, county, unitary, metropolitan, London boroughs, and the City of London Corporation) were asked if their policies on vaping differed from those on smoking; if they allowed vaping in the workplace; and if e-cigarette users were required to vape in designated smoking shelters.
In total, 386 councils responded – a successful response rate of over 92.5 per cent. The key findings of this research show that:
Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns for The Freedom Association and the report’s author, said:
“Public Health England stated earlier this year that smoke free policies should display a clear distinction between vaping and smoking, and that it is never acceptable to require vapers to share the same outdoor space with smokers. It is clear from this report that the vast majority of councils across the UK are ignoring this advice.
“All councils should now review their vaping policies in-line with the recommendations of Public Health England. Those councils who currently require vapers to vape in designated smoking areas, should now immediately change their policies, and all councils allow some form of indoor vaping based on the current evidence that indoor vaping does not constitute a risk to public health.”