Of course, the question of whether or not people should be allowed to vape in public places is a topic of hot debate right now. Despite the fact that, in many countries including Canada, there are public venues including bars and restaurants that prohibit vaping, there are certainly fewer of them than of places that forbid cigarette smoking. Indeed, there may be less of a need for a ban insofar as e-cigarettes may be less troubling to other people than traditional cigarettes. While it is polite for e-cigarette users to check that the people around them do not have an objection to the vapour, on the whole, e-cigarette vapours seem to attract less criticism from nonsmokers than the smoke of traditional cigarettes.

Nonetheless, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said there may be a need to ban on the use of e-cigarettes indoors, whether in public spaces or at in the workplace. The WHO makes the point that many e-cigarettes contain nicotine and warn that, rather than being used as a means to help some smokers quit, e-cigarettes could lead to nonsmokers taking up the habit.

Defenders of e-cigarettes point out that, by forbidding people from vaping, a ban of this kind could eventually lead to a rise in smoking-related health issues. They argue that a ban could see many former smokers return to smoking traditional cigarettes. Researchers from UCL (University College London) agree that switching to e-cigarettes could save smokers’ lives. You have to be a bit crazy to carry on smoking conventional cigarettes when there are e-cigarettes available,” said Professor Robert West.

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