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E-Cigarettes Not Covered in the 2006 U.K. Health Act
It is unlawful for anyone to smoke cigarettes virtually anywhere indoors in the United Kingdom. But should the restriction be applied to e-cigarette users? U.K. governmental leaders are banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places, vehicles and offices, citing the 2006 UK Health Act which prohibits smoking in public places.
The legislation says nothing about the usage of e-cigarettes, which triggers a number of issues:
- Should e-cigarette users, often called “vapers” in the UK, be allowed to smoke indoors, in public places and even the office since they are not emitting smoke?
- And since e-cigarettes do not emit smoke, should users be given their own “vaping” section outdoors so that they are not grouped with traditional smokers?
E-cigarette users have a legitimate defense, since the 2006 UK Health Act includes nothing about e-cigarettes.
What does the 2006 UK Health Act Entail?
The 2006 UK Health Act bans the smoking of hand-rolled cigarettes, pipes and cigars in public places, including the workplace. There is no reference to e-cigarettes since the electronic devices broke into the mainstream over the last three years. E-cigarette opponents and users are left wondering if UK lawmakers will revisit the 2006 UK Health Act. In the meantime, local lawmakers and privately-run businesses are enacting their own rules and guidelines.
The Scotsman reported recently that UK insurance giant Standard Life barred the use of e-cigarettes at the desks of its 5,500 employees. Efforts by local lawmakers in several English cities are underway to ban e-cigarette use.
Are E-Cigarettes Getting a Bad Rap in the UK?
E-cigarettes are getting a bad rap everywhere because of the association with traditional smoking. It has been well documented that the long term effects from e-cigarettes remain unknown, but there are thousands of former smokers who have used e-cigarettes as a method to quit traditional ones.
An Observer’s Take on E-Cigarette Usage
While attending the Transact 14 conference in Las Vegas Apr. 8-10, I spent quite a fair amount of time at our stand engaging potential media partners and folks representing trade publications. At the stand across from Instabill, no more than 20 feet away, a representative of a company was a frequent e-cigarette user, as many as two or three per hour. I observed him for quite a while and purposely walked by their stand several times to see if I could smell the vapor (I could not). Had he been smoking a traditional cigarette, it would’ve been seconds before the smoke made its way over to our stand and throughout the exhibit hall.
E-Cigarette Craze Continues
The e-cigarette industry continues to surge not only in the UK, but worldwide. E-cigarette merchant accounts at Instabill have been among the highest in demand. Credit card processing with Instabill means no volume restrictions, fast approvals and first-rate customer support throughout the life of the merchant account. Speak one-on-one with a merchant account representative about an e-cigarette merchant account today by clicking the chat option below or calling 1-800-318-2713.
About the Author
Chris O’Donnell is the Senior Copywriter at Instabill. Chris is a devout Barclays Premiership fan and connoisseur of rock and roll music. He joined the Instabill team as its senior copywriter in December of 2013. He can be reached at 603-436-1270 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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