Call for govt to legislate on vaping

By Michelle Perrett

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Call for govt to legislate on vaping

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An industry chief executive is calling on the Government to give clarity to the industry over e-cigarettes. 

Luminar Group chief executive Peter Marks claims the Government can no longer ignore the “dilemma” facing operators and is asking for guidance on where they can be smoked.

He argues that the Government has legislated when it comes to selling alcohol and it now needs to focus on this issue of e-cigarettes.

Many operators have chosen to stop customers vaping indoors, including Mitchells & Butlers, JD Wetherspoon and Fuller’s. This self-regulation has been in part to protect staff as it is difficult to distinguish between e-cigarettes and real cigarettes. In addition, there have been demands from some for e-cigarettes to be included in the smoking ban in public places.

“Now, it’s not in my nature to be calling for more Government legislation and int​erference – we already have it coming out of our ears. At present, the industry has self-regulated, with many high street multiples opting to ban them, including The Luminar Group,” Marks said.

“With e-cigarette shops popping up everywhere, aggressive advertising and high profile sponsorship it is clear the tobacco companies see this as a huge growth opportunity. So we can’t display cigarettes, we can’t have vending machines but what about e-cigarettes?”

Marks admits e-cigarette sales could be a potential opportunity for late night operator Luminar as there is a customer demand for the product.   

In October 2014, new advertising rules for e-cigarettes were published by the Committees of Advertising Practice. The rules state that e-cigarettes must not appeal to under-18s, people using e-cigarettes in adverts must not seem to be under 25 and it must be clear it is not a tobacco product.

Last year, Enterprise Inns signed a deal with an electronic cigarette brand Nicolites allowing its tenants to offer the products to customers.

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Posted by Robert Feal-Martinez,

I have to say on this one I am in total agreement on this one. Vaping is harmless to those around and better than tobacco for users.

My son and his wife have been tobacco free for close on 2 years.

No other methods worked for them.

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Posted by david,

I didn't say blowing vapour in someone's face is acceptable.

Unless you are expecting people in pubs not to exhale breath from their lungs, there doesn't seem to be a solution to your original concern i.e. "nasty viruses and bacteria". I'm not sure there is any evidence to suggest an increase in viruses or bacteria occur by vaping.

I frequent pubs where there's a high presence of customers vaping. Unlike tobacco smoke, it's not intrusive to a non-smoker at all. And many smokers I know are very happy they have given up tobacco smoking and taken up vaping. As others have said, it's time to cut some slack for those who want to vape in public places.

If you are uniquely suffering from vapour being "blown in your face" in pubs, are you sure there's nothing about your demeanour, comments or look on your face that's causing the problem?

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Posted by Kevin O'Connor,

Vaping allowed in our pubs, no problems.

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