As the number of vapers continues to rise, permission to vape in public is still a decision left to the willingness of various administrations. Until now, vapers have been subject to the same legislation as smokers. A situation that further ignores the clear differences between e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes. In order to clarify the rules around e-cigarette use, Respadd (France’s Network of Addiction Prevention) has just published a guide intended for health establishments.
Based on conditions of applying vaping bans in public spaces, this guide summarizes various vaping restrictions. It includes vaping bans in closed and open spaces, which include work spaces and spaces intended for collective use.
In health establishments, the ban applies to shared work spaces, meeting rooms, medical facilities and patient rooms when a caregiver is present. On the other hand, vaping is permitted in individual offices, in lounges, guard rooms and in the cafeteria.
A guide that clearly distinguishes between e-cigarettes and cigarettes
Even if Respadd has announced a vaping ban in certain public spaces, it has also suggested the possibility to vape in places where smoking is not allowed. The guide has also pointed out that modifying anti-smoking signs to include vaping devices is prohibited.
Since vaping has been scientifically proven to be 95% less harmful than tobacco, Respadd wants to continue promoting e-cigarette use. Specifically, and in contrast to smoking traditional cigarettes, e-cigarette vapour is neither dangerous for users nor for their entourage.
Forcing e-cigarette users to vape in the same space as smokers subjects them to second-hand smoke health risks. This is particularly troublesome, as vapers specifically use these devices to avoid the health risks posed by traditional cigarettes.