Fife licensing board chairman will write to the government of Scotland to seek electronic cigarette guidance. The sough after guidance is all about how to address the use of the devices in public places. Fife is a historic Scottish county and also a council area.
Bob Young, a councilor, confirmed that he will request guidance from Holyrood after the national health body made a proposal to ban the devices from all licensed premises all over Scotland. A letter to Steve Grimmond, chief executive of Fife sent by Scotland’s Royal Environment Health Institute has prompted the move.
Tom Bell, who is the chief executive of the institute, stated that members have raised concerns about vaping or using ecigarettes in public. In Mr. Bell’s letter to Mr. Grimmond, he said that the institute already discussed this issue quite seriously.
The long discussion has been full of information and several proposals were made and agreed upon. One was the proposal for Mr. Bell to write a letter and send it to all the local authorities to request all the licensing board to consider the enforcement of a ban regarding use of ecigarettes inside the licensed premises.
Members of the licensing board of Fife discussed the contents of the letter in their Kirkcaldy meeting. Each individual premise is allowed to determine if it will allow the use of ecigarettes or not. Vaping simulates traditional cigarette smoking, but the device contains no tobacco nor involves burning of tobacco.
In the recent years, ecig use has dramatically increased that about 2 million people now use electronic cigarettes on a regular basis in Britain. In Scotland, however, there are still no restrictions selling the products to children. Governments are struggling to set and impose legislations on the industry. In England last January, the devices’ sale was finally banned to anyone below 18 years old.
Young has confirmed that he will also write to the government in order to ask for electronic cigarette guidance and clarification on how the local authorities must act. He added that there have been a lot of discussions about this in the Fife council and they want to first obtain knowledge on what proper actions to take before proceeding.
Ecig Ban At Holyrood
At Holyrood, the Scottish parliament heads have decided to ban ecig use. Ecig sales have indeed soared in the past years. Last April, recently released data show that the number of Scottish adult smokers who were using the devices increased from merely 3% in 2010 to 17% in 2014.
According to experts, the harms that vaping could bring are still not known. The Scottish Parliamentary corporate body at Holyrood decided on this after health officials suggested that they do.
Campaigners who wanted the ecig market to be regulated welcomed it. They want regulators to implement a ban on the sales of ecigs to minors. They also want to restrict the promotion and marketing of ecigs to minors.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland’s spokesperson stated that they are recommending the Parliament to apply same smoking restrictions on ecigarettes in the Parliament.
In Scotland, even before officials began discussing and considering prohibitions on ecigarette use, a number of companies and establishments have already decided against ecigarette use such as Wetherspoons, Starbucks and Scotrail. Use of electronic cigarettes starter kits is also not allowed inside and around the Glasgow venues of the Commonwealth Games. Some businesses decide to ban vaping not because of uncertain health impacts, but because of the difficulty to discern whether a person is vaping or smoking. Implementation of the smoking policy would be easier if both vaping and smoking are not allowed.