Here are some of the worst anti vaping policies we've come across. Please email or tweet to us with your nominations for this wall, (email
"Northern Rail, on all their stations, impose a smoking and vaping ban, including on open platforms. Apparently it's against 'by-laws' ", (from an email sent to us). NNA has emailed Northern Rail to complain, both about the signage and the prohibition of vaping on open platforms. Vaping is NOT included in the railway by-laws.
From Neil at ecigclick's excellent post on our campaign:
"I shall be adding my local Chiltern Railways train station in Leamington Spa as soon as I can because despite being open to the elements ‘electronic cigarettes‘ are banned AND lumped in with the NO Smoking ban." NNA has now emailed Chiltern Railways to complain.
Local authorities: In November 2017 the Freedom to Vape campaign published its second annual report on local councils' policies on staff using e-cigarettes, read it here. The report shows that the vast majority of councils are ignoring the advice of respected bodies like Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians.
Wetherspoons has banned vaping in all areas where smoking is banned, even in outside areas.
And this sorry sign was spotted recently in J D Wetherspoons in Greenock ("vapor smoking"):
This curiosity can be found in Ye Old Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street, London. The sign reads: "The use of inhalators or artificial cigarettes are (sic) not allowed in this pub"
DFDS Seaways restricts vaping to smoking areas only - this includes outside, on the windy decks. "Smoking, which includes e-cigarettes" roughly translates to: "we can't be bothered to think about vaping so let's just treat it like smoking". Many companies do this, not just DFDS.
Darent Valley Hospital has banned both smoking and vaping throughout its grounds. The ban was brought in to mark the start of their Stoptober campaign - despite the national 2017 Stoptober campaign's support for e-cigarettes.
Chesterfield Royal Hospital (above) has included vaping in its "Smoke Free" policy, in contradiction to the government's Tobacco control plan for England, which recommends:
"(...) that e-cigarette use is not covered by smokefree legislation and should not routinely be included in the requirements of an organisation’s smokefree policy. "