E-cig ban on Nottingham Hospital Grounds Lifted
A ban on E-cigs on Nottingham University Hospital grounds has been lifted!
The Nottingham University Hospital will now allow vaping on the grounds outside of the facility. This news was reported on bbc.com (you can view the original article here) on May 12, 2016. The news comes as a pleasant surprise amid a lot of recent news regarding E-cig regulation in the UK, and seems to be a very positive step in a good direction in terms of large institutions taking note of recent evidence supporting the fact that E-cigs aren’t as dangerous or as harmful as cigarettes.
Of course, cigarette use is still banned on the hospital grounds, and vaping is still not allowed inside of the facility.
The Hospital Trust said that they made their decision to reverse the ban because of recent evidence that seemed to highlight the fact that E-cigs have been shown to be much less dangerous than tobacco cigarettes.
Here’s part of a statement that was released by Dr. Stephen Fowlie, who is a medical director at the trust.
“We have a duty to help our patients and staff make healthy life choices, and can’t ignore the potential benefits of electronic cigarettes as a nicotine replacement therapy… We’re now allowing e-cigarettes on our grounds to give our patients, staff and visitors more choice in how they quit smoking.”
Why is this a news-worthy event? Isn’t it just a change in policy for a local hospital?
This might not seem like a huge story to a lot of people – but the truth is that it represents something much larger than just whether or not e-cigs will be allowed on the grounds at this particular hospital. The medical community has been extremely careful in how it deals with E-cigs. Some doctors have supported them, while others have said that they are just as dangerous as tobacco cigarettes.
But with that being said, most of the community has simply been watching and waiting for more evidence.
Now, however, more and more evidence is coming to light that’s showing us that E-cigs aren’t nearly as dangerous or as harmful as some people used to think.
Information! For this reason, even medical professionals are opening up to the possibility that they could serve a useful purpose in helping people to quit their tobacco habit – and the Nottingham University Hospital is no exception.
This represents a huge change in perception regarding electronic cigarettes in-general. The fact that a hospital trust has looked into the evidence and made a favorable decision just goes to show that education and awareness is slowly making its way across the board.
The simple fact of the matter is that people are beginning to realize that E-cigs are truly a better solution than anything else that’s been proposed thus-far for nicotine addiction. For people who want to quit smoking, there aren’t that many desirable options. E-cigs are basically standing alone against the tobacco giant, and are offering a nicotine replacement therapy that people are actually excited about. The gum, the patches, and other NRT options can be useful – but they’re certainly not making the kind of impact that E-cigs could be making in a very short amount of time.
When you put things into perspective, it becomes obvious that our role (where E-cigs are concerned, anyway) is to use them wisely – not to toss them aside because we don’t understand the risks.
Admittedly, nobody wants to make a mistake that will end up costing people their health and safety. But it seems that E-cigs are slowly but surely earning a place in society that’s truly beneficial. Nobody knows for sure what the future looks like for these small, yet incredible devices – but if things continue to move forward, we will soon see policies and regulations in place that will enable E-cig manufacturers to produce quality products at affordable prices that will truly give smokers the ammunition they need to quit (or reduce) their tobacco habit for good.