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E-cigs face wider ban after odour complaints

RESTAURANTS, pubs and clubs are moving to follow the Health Service Executive (HSE) and other semi-state bodies in banning the use of e-cigarettes on their premises.

One of Ireland's highest profile restaurants, the FarmGate 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 Dublin firms to ban the use of e-cigarettes. These include Dublin Bus and Iarnrod Eireann and even the Aviva Stadium.

E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that offer the user a nicotine-infused vapour, which can also be flavoured.

Advocates insist 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 rather than health grounds. Representative Rebecca Harte said some non-smoking customers had complained.

"(It was) stinking out the dining room," she said."E-cigarettes just don't go with a food culture."

The electronic devices are not currently covered by workplace smoking regulations in Ireland.

Iarnrod Eireann and Dublin Bus said they had banned the devices over concerns for employees and passengers.

The HSE banned the use of e-cigarette devices on all their premises last May 1.