Councillor calls for e-cigs ban

A MONMOUTHSHIRE county councillor is proposing that the council adopts a clampdown on e-cigarettes on its premises today.

Cllr Tony Easson, who represents Dewstow, will propose that the council treats e-cigarettes exactly the same as conventional cigarettes by banning their use.

He claims manufacturers of e-cigarettes are unconcerned about possible health risks and people becoming addicted to the nicotine they contain.

A former smoker, Cllr Easson said he gave up smoking cigarettes overnight in 1962 as he needed to buy a car.

Caerphilly council has already banned the use of e-cigarettes in their buildings and vehicles, taking a lead from the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

It will cover all of the council’s employees and agency workers and they will also be forbidden from charging their e-cigarettes’ batteries on the council’s premises. When the policy was first mooted, Caerphilly’s cabinet member for human resources and governance Cllr Christine Forehead said: “This move to strengthen our no smoking policy shows that we are doing all we can to ensure we are providing a healthy, smoke-free work environment for our employees.”

The Welsh Government has also recently said it plans to ban them in public places.

First developed in China and marketed in 2007, e-cigarettes are promoted as an alternative to cigarettes. Rather than burning tobacco, they heat up a liquid containing nicotine, which turns into a vapour and is then inhaled.

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5:49pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Magor says...

Cant see a problem with them they are helping people give up smoking.
Cant see a problem with them they are helping people give up smoking. Magor
  • Score: 3

6:56pm Thu 26 Jun 14

-trigg- says...

This councillor is a genius. Wales is suffering from a public health crisis, due in large part to the amount of the population that still smoke tobacco products.

Rather than calling for a ban, the council should be embracing e-cigs as a viable, healthier alternative and actively encouraging their use.

One can only hope that this proposal is laughed out of the council chamber for being too ludicrous to even bother voting on
This councillor is a genius. Wales is suffering from a public health crisis, due in large part to the amount of the population that still smoke tobacco products. Rather than calling for a ban, the council should be embracing e-cigs as a viable, healthier alternative and actively encouraging their use. One can only hope that this proposal is laughed out of the council chamber for being too ludicrous to even bother voting on -trigg-
  • Score: 4

7:21pm Thu 26 Jun 14

rogiemassive says...

Cllr Christine Forehead said: “This move to strengthen our no smoking policy shows that we are doing all we can to ensure we are providing a healthy, smoke-free work environment for our employees.”

Please tell me if I am wrong, but are e-cigs not smokeless. I am led to believe that it is a vapour that is emitted, somewhat like steam from a kettle and less toxic passively than exhaust emissions. Perhaps it should be more relevant to ban vehicals from all council run venues if it is a smoke-free work environment that Cllr Forehead is advocating.
Cllr Christine Forehead said: “This move to strengthen our no smoking policy shows that we are doing all we can to ensure we are providing a healthy, smoke-free work environment for our employees.” Please tell me if I am wrong, but are e-cigs not smokeless. I am led to believe that it is a vapour that is emitted, somewhat like steam from a kettle and less toxic passively than exhaust emissions. Perhaps it should be more relevant to ban vehicals from all council run venues if it is a smoke-free work environment that Cllr Forehead is advocating. rogiemassive
  • Score: 3

4:11am Fri 27 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

I'm taking it there are no potholes on Monmouthshire roads, that all the public loos are in good order, that every planning decision meets with a paean of praise from all. For these things would have to be so for time to be expended on tosh like this.
Next meeting will be to discuss how to return 50% of Council tax payments, the Council being so efficient they simply don't need the cash.
No further meetings will then be required, so wonderfully is everything being done.
I'm taking it there are no potholes on Monmouthshire roads, that all the public loos are in good order, that every planning decision meets with a paean of praise from all. For these things would have to be so for time to be expended on tosh like this. Next meeting will be to discuss how to return 50% of Council tax payments, the Council being so efficient they simply don't need the cash. No further meetings will then be required, so wonderfully is everything being done. Dai Rear
  • Score: 1

4:15am Fri 27 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

PS Councillor Easson may rest assured he's caused more damage to his fellow humans by driving a car for the last 62 years than would the most avid consumer of vapour in the same period, had the technology been available.
PS Councillor Easson may rest assured he's caused more damage to his fellow humans by driving a car for the last 62 years than would the most avid consumer of vapour in the same period, had the technology been available. Dai Rear
  • Score: 2

7:41am Fri 27 Jun 14

Crossbenchtory says...

So let me get this straight, Cllr Easson wants to strengthen the "... no smoking policy ... ... smoke free environment ..." by banning something which is not smoking?

The man is so dense light bends around him!!!
So let me get this straight, Cllr Easson wants to strengthen the "... no smoking policy ... [and] ... smoke free environment ..." by banning something which is not smoking? The man is so dense light bends around him!!! Crossbenchtory
  • Score: 1

8:25am Fri 27 Jun 14

davidcp says...

I agree it is a bit silly, but I have to admit I was a bit turned off by someone making the argument that it should not be banned when (a) he was selling the stuff, so that made him a bit biased, and (b) he was stood in front of a sign that said e-cigs were 'trendy'. Anything advertised as 'trendy' is pandering to fashion, the art of 'seeming instead of being' and therefore to those who can't think for themselves. It also suggests, with respect, that it is promoting e-cigs to those who DON'T smoke but who might want to be fashionable - and who knows where that might lead?
I agree it is a bit silly, but I have to admit I was a bit turned off by someone making the argument that it should not be banned when (a) he was selling the stuff, so that made him a bit biased, and (b) he was stood in front of a sign that said e-cigs were 'trendy'. Anything advertised as 'trendy' is pandering to fashion, the art of 'seeming instead of being' and therefore to those who can't think for themselves. It also suggests, with respect, that it is promoting e-cigs to those who DON'T smoke but who might want to be fashionable - and who knows where that might lead? davidcp
  • Score: -1

9:19am Fri 27 Jun 14

-trigg- says...

“This move to strengthen our no smoking policy shows that we are doing all we can to ensure we are providing a healthy, smoke-free work environment for our employees.”

Ironically, a ban on e-cigs would actually increase the air toxicity for their employees, as staff who smoke will now be more likely to stand outside for a cigarette and then re-enter the office with many of these carcinogens on their breath and clothes where they will be slowly released into the office environment.

Also, as I have said before and on countless other occasions, the best way to strengthen a no smoking policy is to be provide support for a product which by its very design reduces the amount that people smoke.
“This move to strengthen our no smoking policy shows that we are doing all we can to ensure we are providing a healthy, smoke-free work environment for our employees.” Ironically, a ban on e-cigs would actually increase the air toxicity for their employees, as staff who smoke will now be more likely to stand outside for a cigarette and then re-enter the office with many of these carcinogens on their breath and clothes where they will be slowly released into the office environment. Also, as I have said before and on countless other occasions, the best way to strengthen a no smoking policy is to be provide support for a product which by its very design reduces the amount that people smoke. -trigg-
  • Score: 0

10:04am Fri 27 Jun 14

Poolerkev says...

Having read his motion it only asks that be council takes advice on e-cigs as there is nothing in its policy about them.

Maybe everyone should read things first before commenting. You never know, you may comment on the truth then.
Having read his motion it only asks that be council takes advice on e-cigs as there is nothing in its policy about them. Maybe everyone should read things first before commenting. You never know, you may comment on the truth then. Poolerkev
  • Score: -10

3:07pm Fri 27 Jun 14

gingertom says...

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1023

Petition to stop a ban on e-cigs
https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1023 Petition to stop a ban on e-cigs gingertom
  • Score: 0
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