New vaping clampdown on London Midland trains

An article in the Birmingham Mail states that London Midland has "launched a new campaign to stamp out anti-social behaviour and it could see passengers facing prosecution for breaking new railway by-laws. Commuters caught putting their feet on seats or vaping could end up in court." It's time for Network Rail and all train operating companies, not just London Midland, to change their e-cigarette policies. As I understand it (and if I am wrong, I will happily make a correction) the existing railway byelaws do not cover e-cigarettes. Take a look for yourself. Continue reading

Vapefest highlights the stupidity of the Tobacco Products Directive

I attended Vapefest in Shrewsbury at the weekend. Although I had a good time, it was certainly much flatter than it was last year. I don't know if it was because of the weather forecast, or the law of diminishing returns, but there were significantly fewer people attending compared to last year.  Another noticeable difference from last year was the way e-liquid manufacturers were selling their wares. Last year, you could buy bottles in a variety of sizes, the most popular being 30 ml, 50 ml, and 100 ml. All were sold, of course, at reduced prices - what you expect at a festival. This year, thanks to the EU's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), the largest sized bottle of e-liquid containing nicotine you could buy was a measly 10 ml. Please note, I said containing nicotine. There's always a way around a problem, and the way around it highlights the stupidity of the TPD.  Continue reading

Hospital staff in Hull and East Yorkshire banned from vaping on hospital grounds

I has an appointment at Castle Hill Hospital in East Yorkshire on Tuesday afternoon. As I was putting my £2 into the parking meter, I noticed this sign above it.    Although I oppose banning smoking in the great outdoors - there's no reason for it other than to beat-up smokers for being smokers - I thought that at least the hospital has realised the difference between smoking and vaping. After reading the sign again, I realised that staff were not included.  Continue reading

We have won one battle, but the war isn't over yet

The Government announced earlier this week that vaping should be allowed in offices and enclosed public spaces  in order to “maximise” access to safer alternatives to smoking. This is good news and follows on from our report last year on the vaping policies of councils, and the way councils treat their members of staff who vape.  The Government has also said that it will use our impending exit from the European Union to look again at the Tobacco Products Directive, with regard to electronic cigarettes. Again this is good news and one of the aims of this campaign is to get those restrictions removed.  Continue reading

Dog whistles from UCLA

You may have heard the expression, "dog whistle politics". It's when you employ encoded language that can mean one thing to one group of people, but something completely different to another - your real target audience. You can't be accused of deliberately trying to plant a misleading idea into someone's head, but everyone knows that's what you are doing.  This is exactly what two doctors at UCLA are trying to do in this article I found on Life Science Daily. I am sure it will have been reported elsewhere, too. The headline immediately draws us in: "Doctors raise vaping concerns". I wonder what those concerns are? Let's find out more.  Continue reading