PHE report on e-cigarettes - CIEH comments

Publication Date: 19th August 2015

Subject: Public health

Following the independent evidence review published by Public Health England (PHE) on the use of e-cigarettes, Ian Gray, Principal Policy Officer for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), said: 

“PHE’s proposal to publish advice to support organisations develop policies on the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places and workplaces is something we particularly welcome.

“In collaboration with Action on Smoking and Health, the CIEH is already supporting local authorities to develop pilot policies which maximise the public health gains by differentiating between prohibiting the use of smoked tobacco products whilst permitting the use of e-cigarettes.

“The vast majority of e-cigarette users are smokers who are trying to stop and ex-smokers who have successfully substituted their tobacco products, which PHE now assures us are far safer for the smokers themselves and pose no known health risks for others in the workplace.”

ENDS 

Notes to editors   

PHE’s report into e-cigarettes: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/e-cigarettes-an-evidence-update   

CIEH spokespeople are available for interviews and for media enquiries please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email s.fifer@cieh.org 

Further information on CIEH’s position on prohibition of smoking in all enclosed workplaces and public places in England: http://www.cieh.org/policy/smokefree_workplaces.html   

About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):    

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Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities.  

The CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.   

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