Blanket ban on vaping in smoke-free spaces could do more harm than good

Posted by DrMendelsohn on 14 November, 2017

My opinion piece published today in the Sydney Morning Herald. Click here to see the article on the SMH website

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The proposal by NSW Labor to introduce a blanket ban on personal vaporisers, also known as e-cigarettes, in smoke-free areas is not justified on health grounds and could do more harm than good.

Unlike second-hand smoke, exhaled vapour carries minimal risk to health. According to Britain's Royal College of Physicians: "The risk of harm from vapour exposure to bystanders is negligible." Public Health England also concluded: "E-cigarettes release negligible levels of nicotine into ambient air with no identified health risks to bystanders."

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