Following NNA's response to their recent consultation on 'Electronic Cigarettes and Strengthening Tobacco Control in Scotland ' we were asked by the Scottish Government research group to provide more information on the issue of bans on use in enclosed public spaces.
Although the Scottish Government is quite clear that it is not proposing such a ban at the moment, it is "seeking views", and it seems very likely that at some point there will be such a proposal. We were very pleased to be able to provide the research group with our briefing, in which we argued the following points:
- The Scottish government will not achieve its stated goals without embracing harm reduction products.
- There is no justification for a ban in enclosed public spaces.
- Such a ban would have a negative effect on those using e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking, or to reduce the amount they smoke.
- Such a ban will discourage smokers from switching in future.
- There is no evidence indicating that e-cigarettes renormalise smoking, attract never smokers or young people, or are a gateway to smoking.
- E-cigarettes do not discourage smokers from quitting.
- E-cigarette use does not have a negative effect on compliance with smoke free legislation.
You can read the full briefing here.(PDF)