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SMOKERS trying to give up the habit are being banned from using electronic cigarettes inside some buildings.
Shopping centres, a university and a pub chain have all forbidden their use – even though they contain no tobacco, smoke, or tar.
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The move has been criticised by public health charity Action on Smoking and Health. Research manager Amanda Sandford said: "I think banning them is rather short-sighted. It's true at the moment there have not been any long-term studies into the effects of electrical cigarettes, but these are clearly a safer alternative to normal cigarettes."
And Professor John Britton, who set up the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies at the University of Nottingham, said: "It's medically inconceivable they could be as harmful as the real thing."
At the latest count, there were 83,000 smokers in Nottingham, which has one of the highest smoking rates in the country.
But Nottingham Trent University, the Victoria and Broadmarsh shopping centres and pub chain JD Whetherspoon have banned the e-cigarettes. The university described the cigarettes – which do not contain any of the 4,000 toxins found in tobacco smoke – as "potentially disruptive" because they "can be a distraction as they appear to be real cigarettes".
But graphic design student Oli John, 19, who is a smoker, said: "I don't think banning e-cigarettes is the solution. If they're less harmful to you, then why is the university making it harder for people to smoke them?"
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, the Government body responsible for ensuring medicines are safe, is expected to come to a decision in May as to whether e-cigarettes can be marketed as an aid to help smokers.