Is New York City the most anti-vaping city in the world?

I ask the question in the headline after just reading this in Crain's New York Business. New York City Council has just voted through a raft of anti-smoking and anti-vaping measures, the extent of which makes you wonder if New York is part of the free world or not. Here is extract from the article I have just read: " The package, which has the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio, will raise the price floor on a pack of cigarettes to $13 from $10.50, and smokeless tobacco and shisha packages to $17 from $8. Retailers that sell individual cigars would have to charge at least $8".  Continue reading

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