Views sought on proposed e-Cigarette and patient safety legislation

Views sought on proposed e-Cigarette and patient safety legislation


Nicotine vapour products such as e-Cigarettes
or vaporisers – as they’re also known
– have become increasingly popular …and
now there are plans in a bill being scrutinized
by the Scottish Parliament to restrict them,
similar to what’s been done with conventional
cigarettes over the years.
I think they should be regulated. Em because
you’re still inhaling things that could
be toxic. Em, and if they’re not regulated
people might not know the health risks.
I just think it’s people’s own choices,
you know, if they know what an ecigarette
is, it’s their choice whether they choose
to take them or no.
An eCigarette is meant to be a way of quitting
so if everybody can get on to this eCigarette
and everybody can stop smoking it would be
a lot better for the environment.
I think they probably should be because we
don’t know what’s ahead down the line
health-wise for people who are using these
now.
I don’t think they need to be regulated
because they don’t do harm to the great
public, so that’s my view.
They’re too much like cigarettes. I wouldn’t
have wanted my children as young teens smoking.
What about you?
No, I still don’t like people blowing smoke
over me because I don’t know what’s in
them either.
The measures are contained in the Health (Scotland)
Bill, which is being looked at the Scottish
Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee
– and the committee is now seeking the views
of the public on these proposals. It includes
a ban on the sale of eCigarettes to under-18s,
a ban on adults buying eCigarettes for minors
and a requirement for eCigarette retailers
to be registered. The bill would also make
it an offence to smoke conventional cigarettes
in parts of hospital grounds. And it features
plans for further changes to improve healthcare
safety. Those proposals include a duty of
candour for health and social care organisaions,
requiring them to be open with people when
harm has occurred. There will also be a new
offence of wilful neglect or ill-treatment
of adults receiving health or social care.
Well this is the stage where we actually call
for ordinary people their views. Government
and politicians have not got all the knowledge
here and there is practical experiences that
we would hope that people would contact us
with, are very very important in informing
the legislation going forward. That’s why
we’re calling for evidence and very much
hoping that people will take this opportunity
in areas that may affect them to contact the
committee, involve themselves at this early
stage.
You can get more information about the Health
(Scotland) Bill on our webpage. You can submit
your views to us by email or by post.
And you can join the debate on social media.

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