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Proposed E-cig ban criticised

Proposed E-cig ban criticised

A ban on using e-cigarettes indoors being proposed by the World Health Organization could hinder smokers attempts to give up smoking, said UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall today.

“They want them to be banned both in public spaces and in work places on the basis that exhaled e-cigarette vapour could increase the background air levels of some toxicants and nicotine.

“Yet at the same time they say that there should be no claims that the devices can help people quit smoking until there is evidence to support this.

“They demand evidence for one but are happy to propose restricting people’s freedom without proof of the other,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“Their experts say the devices may also pose a threat to adolescents and the foetuses of pregnant women. Again they seem to be making assumptions yet tobacco is far more dangerous to unborn children.

“They should treat adults as adults and leave them to make informed choices rather than introducing a ban.  Their proposal to prohibit e-cigarettes to children is sensible however, as it brings it in line with the age for tobacco sales,” he added.



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