Should SA Airports get e-cigarette zones?

2014-01-30 08:45


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Cape Town - The popularity of e-cigarette smoking or ‘vaping’ as it has been termed, has led Heathrow Airport to open an e-cigarette zone in December 2013.

Vaping travellers, who inhale water vapour, rather than smoke, were previously subject to the same restrictions as traditional smokers, having to stand outside of the terminal to inhale their vapour, ABC news reports.

The lounge was opened by electronic cigarette manufacturer, Gamucci, and is 323-square feet (30- square meters wide). 

ABC News reports that many travellers are supportive of the lounge, highlighting that more than 10 percent of smokers in Britain have switched to electronic devices, and that a survey found 57% of people are in favour of creating e-cigarette lounges at other airports. 

But what are the harmful effects of secondary vaping?

Ray Story, CEO of the Tobacco Vapour Electronic Cigarette Association told Health24 that the product eliminates second and third hand smoke. This means that the people around you, furniture, clothes and anything else that would usually incur damage from prolonged exposure to traditional cigarettes will not be affected or harmed. And while Story’s one-sided opinion of the product may be correct, there is not enough scientific data on the harmful effects of e-cigarettes.

Health24 reports that while e-cigarettes are FDA approved, the FDA has released a statement on their official website, warning users that e-cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans, and that it may contain other ingredients that may not be safe.

Deirdre Davids, Communications Manager for Airports Company South Africa says in line with International best practice vaping is prohibited at local airports and there are no plans to create e-cigarette vaping zones.
What are your thoughts on the matter, do you think South African airports should follow Heathrow's lead or does an e-cigarette zone subliminally say it is okay to smoke?

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