Australian Senator travels in Vape Force One

Australia's vaping laws really do take some understanding. Basically, as explained in this post on Ozvapour.com: "The baseline is that because nicotine is classed as a Schedule 7 poison in Australia, it’s illegal to sell it except as a licensed medication. "That means disposable e-cigarettes or cartridges that contain nicotine are not for sale right across the country, but nicotine free ones and refillable devices can be sold unless state law bans them." Continue reading

Does your council ban vaping in taxis and private hire vehicles? Will you help us find out?

On Tuesday I wrote about Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire considering banning the use of e-cigarettes in taxis and private hire vehicles the council licenses. But what about your council?  If you live in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, don't worry, I have that covered. I sent off a freedom of information (FoI) request yesterday to all 28 councils in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire that have licensing responsibilities.  Continue reading

Calderdale Council considers vaping ban in taxis

There was a time when we valued private property rights. As long as it was legal, what consenting adults did was no-one else's business. That's how it used to be. Now we have busybodies from Government, councils and Quangos sticking their noses in where it's not wanted.  We know that vaping in enclosed spaces is legal. We know that e-cigarettes are not harmful to bystanders. Councils should know this, although judging by its entry in last year's 'Vaping Policies in UK Councils' report, Calderdale likes to exist in blissful ignorance. It is one of those councils that sends vapers into designated smoking areas, even though it reviewed its vaping policy in September 2017 as a result of the Government's Tobacco Control Plan. Councillors are not going to be given the opportunity to discuss this policy either. But they will be discussing vaping next Monday.  Continue reading

Victoria Coren Mitchell ignores the science behind vaping in her Observer column

After reading Victoria Coren Mitchell's column in yesterday's Observer, I can see that she doesn't have a clue what she is talking about when it comes to vaping. She has her own prejudices and has either not bothered reading about the science behind vaping, or has decided to ignore it. She didn't take long to get revved up: "In my opinion, it’s appalling that a state-funded, state-sanctioned public health body should recommend vapes to people who want to stop smoking. E-snout would probably be available on the NHS already, were it not for the fact that medical licensing requires them actually to justify health claims made on their behalf..." Continue reading

More PHE support for vaping, but e-cigarettes should not be available on the NHS

It is very good news that Public Health England (PHE) is being more supportive of vaping. Very good news indeed. It wants hospitals to be able to sell e-cigarettes and also it encourages hospitals to introduce vaping areas, even in private rooms for patients who are in hospital for a long time.  But the call for an easier route for manufacturers to get a medicinal licence is unnecessary.   Continue reading