The battle for being able to use ecigs in the Parliament has been won by the MPs. Latest news reported that politicians now have the green light for indoor vaping in Westminster.
Officials in the House of Commons have modified the rules so MPs are allowed using electronic cigarettes inside the Parliament. Many public spaces and offices in Britain now ban the use of electronic cigarettes. MPs and researchers, however, lobbied for their vaping rights and their fight ended with a favorable result because the politicians are now allowed the enjoyment of indoor vaping. The decision was rather brazen because World Health Organization has recommended a complete ban on using the devices indoors.
This is a boost for the vaping industry that is now growing at an amazing rate as it continues to gather sales worth billions of British pounds. While indoor ecig use is allowed, there are still a few precautionary measures that House of Commons officials took into consideration. Politicians and staff who want to vape should take care to vape only in three areas, particularly in their own offices, in a part of the Portcullis House building and in the main pub for the MPs at the Stranger’s.
Based on the formal minutes of the Commons Administration Committee, Andrew Walker, Director General, HR and Change as well as Paul Mann, Pay and HR Policy Manager privately briefed the Committee.
It was resolved that the Committee supports the policy guidance of the management Board for the staff of the House. Subject for further review aside from the advice to the Speaker that using ecigarettes in the Parliament Estate, vaping is limited only within the three stated places.
It was known that the MPs have been lobbying hard for a dedicated vaping space in the Parliament. Right now, many vapers are huddling in groups in the freezing courtyard on the lawns at the back of the House of Commons or outside the Portcullis House due to the unclear rules on vaping.
In November, Administration Committee wanted a ban on vaping inside the Commons chamber as well as in the main areas where the tour groups walk. The politicians expressed concerns that this might lead to a blanket ban on vaping throughout the estate. With the new guidelines, which now need the approval from Speaker John Bercow, politicians who want to vape could at least take puffs without the need to endure the harsh weather and temperature.
Common Sense Solution for Indoor Vaping
On Brad Rodu’s blog, he has a post about the common sense solution on indoor use of ecigarettes. Ecigs, he said are now gaining popularity as a reduced harm alternatives for smokers. Nonetheless, the debate is on whether or not vaping should be permitted indoors.
Many policy makers and anti-smoking campaigners are pushing for the smoking ban to include vaping. Indoor smoking bans were originaly meant to protect non-smokers from being exposed to the thousands of different airborne toxins. Ecigarette enthusiasts say that they should be allowed to vape freely in public because the vapors they exhale contain no toxins.
The decision of the House Of Commons officials is most likely the most favorable solution right now when critics are still asking for more solid facts and evidences to support there are really no harms caused by vaping.
Through dedicated indoor vaping places, both parties would be pleased. As Rodu explained, no matter how harmless ecig vapors are, it will still remain a possibility that vapers will be criticized for doing so. This is because as society, any kind of emission is frowned upon. There will always be people who would look for any possible flaws just to eliminate something that they do not like. The world is full of compromises, but this is a compromise that vapers might actually endure and accept more easily.Posted in Blog Portal | No Comments »