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Vaping could get more dangerous

December 24, 2019 7:15 AM

As Wiltshire Council continues to implement smoke-free areas, people are being warned that although vaping is much safer than smoking, there have been a number of recent incidents of deaths and harms caused by vaping, particularly in the US. The incidents have been where substances such as vitamins and THC (from cannabis) have been added to e-cigarettes. UK products currently follow EU standards with better regulation and incidents have been very rare. However when the UK quits the EU those protections will no longer apply.

Smoke freedom is being implemented in phases. For the previous phase WC had worried that the police staff in Monkton Park would refuse to obey the rules, though evidence suggests they've been largely compliant.

The traditional British fag break is a thing of the past at County Hall - staff are only allowed to pop out for a ciggy in their normal breaks. One downside of the 'off-site' policy has been the presence of scary gangs of smokers on the streets of Trowbridge, and an increase in butt-litter, especially on Mortimer Street. To avoid complaints WC smokers have been asked to remove their identification so the public doesn't know who they are. Smokers have also been given little bags to put their butts in.

The next plan is to extend the non-smoking rules to cover the council's Learning Resources Centres, Children and Family Resources Centres, Special Education Centres and adult social care centres.

See January's Staffing Policy Committee agenda, item 7.