There is only one council in the entire country with a decent attitude towards vaping.
Thanks to the work of Freedom to Vape we now know that the vast majority of councils lump vaping in with smoking, against the advice of both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.
You can read their report here.
You can read the write-up in the Mirror here.
Something, clearly, must be done!
If you participated in the #LordsVapeVote, you’ll know how this goes:
- There is a spreadsheet here, after you have written to your councillors, please fill in the corresponding cell so we can all see how many have been contacted and how often.
- Open writetothem.com and enter your postcode
- Choose “Write to all your councillors”
- you will see this (well, unless you’re in S Glos too, the names will be different):
- copy and paste (if you have the option, paste as plain text) the following into the gap between Dear and Yours, please feel free to amend/edit/go completely off piste!
I use electronic cigarettes and I no longer smoke. I’m sure you know people like me.
Despite there being absolutely no evidence that they cause harm to other people, no evidence that they encourage youngsters to start smoking and clear evidence that they are much, much safer than smoking, it seems my council just lumps vaping in with smoking in its policies.
This is against clear guidance from both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.
There are more than 1 million people in the UK who use electronic cigarettes and no longer smoke, that is amazing. That it has been achieved without spending billions of taxpayers money is more amazing still. Unfortunately, the proportion of people who wrongly think that ecigs are as harmful as cigarettes is rising. That threatens the good that ecigs can do and it isn’t helped when Councils treat vaping and smoking the same.
Consider this, doesn’t the Council have a duty of care to its employees (about a fifth of whom will smoke)? It is often said that smoking kills half of the people that do it. Shouldn’t the Council encourage those who are trying to stop smoking? Shouldn’t you be trying to make that easier?
There are hundreds of studies and documents I could ask you to read – I will focus on one. It is from Public Health England, who consulted all stakeholders widely before issuing this guidance:
Can you please raise at your next meeting the idea that you revisit your vaping policy? You really could help to save lives.
- It has been suggested, for Scottish vapers, that Public Health England might not be the best body to refer and link to. Instead replace both ‘Public Health England’s with Royal College of Physicians and use this link:
- Add your name after the Yours sincerely, fill in your details and hit Preview and send
- You’ll need to open up your email, open the email from writetothem and click the green box – Send the message to my councillors.
- Go right back to the first bullet point and do that.
- Phew! Ace.
- Vape on 🙂
Hopefully this is a one shot job – but we’d love to hear of any responses in the comments!
p.s. Strikes me that my bullet points could very easily be automated (apart from the postcode bit). I’ll buy the domain if any tech-savvy vaper with some server space has the time to write the website!