August 15 2016.

Public Health England (PHE) has published advice for businesses and employers to assist them in establishing their own policies for e-cigarette use. The aim is to enable organisations to help support smokers to quit and stay smoke-free.

PHE understands there are 2.8 million e-cigarette users in the UK. However, there is currently no evidence of harm from secondhand e-cigarette vapour. The risks are likely to be extremely low. There is also no evidence that e-cigarettes act as a gateway to smoking for young people.

PHE’s framework advice establishes five principles for policy creation for vaping, which include making clear the distinction between vaping and smoking; ensuring policies are informed by the evidence on health risks to bystanders; identifying and managing risks of uptake by children and young people; supporting smokers to stop smoking and stay smoke-free; and supporting compliance with smoke-free law and policies.

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