Scottish hospital board’s new perspective

January 04 2016

Though there have been many decisions to ban e-cigarettes, some countries are realizing the potential of e-cigarettes and adopting it as a means to help people stop smoking. Freddie Dawson on Tamarind Media Limited (ECigIntelligence), writes that “the largest health board in Scotland has reversed a decision to ban e-cigarette use on hospital property. The Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) National Health Service (NHS) board joins NHS Lothian as the second Scottish hospital board to permit vaping in designated areas on all health-related premises…GGC says that its decision to join NHS Lothian and reverse its ban on e-cigarette use was down to the research carried out by Public Health England that found strongly in favour of e-cigs, and is also consistent with guidance published by Health Scotland, which recommends that NHS smoking cessation services should support those choosing to quit smoking by using e-cigarettes” (Freddie Dawson, article title: “Scottish hospital board reverses vaping ban, now welcomes e-cigs).

Scottish hospital board’s new perspective

E-cigarettes continues to be a controversial issue that still has not reached a consensus. Some believe these devices to be the key in solving the problem of smoking while others believe that this will lead more people to smoking and that these devices are actually just as dangerous as that of e-cigarettes. GGC had also done more research and have found that “32% of smokers in the GGC area intended to use e-cigarettes to help them quit. A further 18% of recent ex-smokers had already used them in the past 12 months to help quit” (Freddie Dawson). More people are starting to realize the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a method to quit smoking. Many have already been able to quit with the aid of e-cigarettes and have shown health improvements from doing so.
The credible institutions such as the Public Health England and the GGC in accepting e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool may raise the awareness of these devices to other institutions. With the proper use of e-cigarettes, these devices gives the users the similar sensation of smoking while taking away thousands of chemicals that are hazardous to the body. With such as device, it makes no sense to ban this. Some even say this has become an ethical issue as by banning such devices, the result is that you are leading more people to stick with smoking, which definitely kills.
Through the GGC and the NHS Lothian, Scotland may be able to enhance their public health at least when it comes to the problem of smoking. Research has indicated that 32% of smokers are intending to use e-cigarettes, if this proves to be effective, it could lead even more to switch to vaping. More and more research is being done that shows that e-cigarettes, though they may not be 100% safe, is still a more recommendable device than that of smoking. For those who are against e-cigarettes seems to disregard the harms that smoking causes and only focuses on the possible harms from e-cigarettes. Both sides need to be explained as when they are compared, e-cigarettes are drastically less dangerous than that of conventional smoking. By showing only one side of the harms of e-cigarettes, they are misleading the public to think that e-cigarettes may be worse than that of smoking.
Countries like Scotland who have acknowledged the potential of e-cigarettes now say that the ban on e-cigarettes will not ban these devices and will use them as a smoking cessation tool. With such a plan, Scotland may look forward to a society with considerably smaller population of smokers. With the correct regulations and usage of e-cigarettes, it is probably the device that will be most effective in aiding people to quit smoking. Smokers will still be able to feel similar sensations of smoking while doing less harm to their body.