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Vaping is not against the law and as per the UK’s Government latest Tobacco Control Plan, it should not be included in any smokefree policies.
Last month, the train company decided to apply its own interpretation of the UK Railway Bylaws and ban vaping aboard its trains. The change in policy was announced via a press release, and understandably did not go down well.

An article published last week on the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), website pointed out that London Midland could have tackled this matter in a different manner. If for instance they were receiving complaints about second hand vapour, they could have instead divided their trains into sections (carriages), and allocated one or more in which vaping is permitted within each train.

How about sections designated for vaping?

“If London Midland had designated just one carriage in each train as ‘vaping allowed’ and marked it with suitable signage, those who want to vape would have been happy to have somewhere to go where they could vape in peace, and those who prefer not to be around vaping could have avoided it by sitting in any of the other carriages.” said the NNA, whilst adding that this would have been similar to having “Quiet ” or even “Smoking” carriages in the past.

“Like stadia, trains tend to be divided into sections (carriages), which facilitates having different policies in different sections. Train companies have managed to do that for years with simple signage denoting whether a carriage is for smoking (in the old days), for being quiet, or for first class travel.” NNA

“Like stadia, trains tend to be divided into sections (carriages), which facilitates having different policies in different sections. Train companies have managed to do that for years with simple signage denoting whether a carriage is for smoking (in the old days), for being quiet, or for first class travel,” added the NNA.

Vaping shouldn’t be included in smokefree policies

The Freedom Association’s Freedom to Vape Campaign spoke up against this motion, reminding train operators to recognise that vaping is not against the law and that as per the UK’s Government latest Tobacco Control Plan, it should not be included in any smokefree policies.

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