Saturday 14 December 2019

E-cigarettes banned in hospitals

No evidence over the long-term safety of the devices

THE use of e-cigarettes has been banned in all hospitals and healthcare centres.

Health chiefs said they had no evidence over the long-term safety of the devices.

Dr Stephanie O'Keeffe, national director of health and well-being at the Health Service Executive (HSE), said the decision followed a detailed review of the safety and impact of e-cigarettes.

"The HSE can only recommend safe and effective products and strategies for quitting smoking, and there currently is no conclusive evidence that e-cigarettes are safe for long-term use, or are effective as a smoking cessation aid," she said.

"While we will keep this evidence under ongoing review, the e-cigarettes ban is being introduced as e-cigarettes pose a challenge to smoke-free campus enforcement and come with safety concerns for a healthcare environment."

The prohibition comes into effect on May 1.

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