Regulation of E-Cigarettes and Smoking in NHS Hospital Grounds

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05 May 2015

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh today welcomed the announcement that measures to regulate e-cigarettes and smoking in NHS hospital grounds in Scotland are to be included in a forthcoming Health Bill.

President Ian Ritchie said:

“In our consultation response we made it clear that the sale of e-cigarette devices to people under the age of 18 should be illegal. Whilst we accept that e-cigarettes can play a role in helping current smokers quit their habit, we believe that all steps should be taken to prevent children and young people from nicotine addiction.

"We also argued strongly for smoking to be against the law within a designated perimeter around all NHS buildings to protect patients and staff from the negative effects of second-hand smoke. As such, we welcome the news that these provisions are to be included in the forthcoming Health Bill in the Scottish Parliament.”

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