The Medical Director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Stephen Fowlie, announced that the ban on vaping had been lifted to allows restricted use of e-cigarettes. Patients, visitors and staff will now be permitted to vape outside NUH hospitals but not in the buildings.
The decision comes after NUH smoke-free policy was reviewed on April 28 that also commits the Trust to promote smoking cessation services and help for patients and the 14,500 staff members.
NUH runs Queen Medical Centre, City Hospital and Ropewalk House, and provides services to over 2.5 million residents of Nottingham and in its surrounding communities. It is the first NHS Hospital Trust in England and probably not the last one to relax smoke-free policy in favor of e-cigarettes.
“Simple, practical, effective, humane”, a step forward in tobacco harm reduction, as emphasized by Clive Bates in a tweet.