E-cigarettes face wider ban after odour controversy
RESTAURANTS, pubs and clubs are now moving to follow the Health Service Executive (HSE) and other semi-state bodies in banning the use of e-cigarettes on their premises.
The award-winning Farm Gate, in Cork's 18th Century English Market, has confirmed it has now imposed a ban on the use of the electronic vapour devices.
The move follows the decision by a number of firms to ban the use of e-cigarettes. These include Dublin Bus, Iarnrod Eireann and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
E-cigarettes are battery operated devices which offer the user a nicotine-infused vapour which can also be flavoured. Advocates say they are a safe and healthy option for smokers as they are tar-free unlike normal cigarettes.
The FarmGate restaurant stressed that the decision was taken on environmental grounds. FarmGate official, Rebecca Harte, said some non-smoking customers had complained about the smell being generated by the devices. "(It was) stinking out the dining room," she said.
The Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) has called for the Government to impose an outright ban on e-cigarettes in venues such as restaurants, pubs, clubs and canteens.