Friday May 29, 2020
For the road ahead

Electronic Cigarette


The Union recently received an enquiry from URTU member, Dave Halliwell, regarding the increasing popularity of ‘electronic cigarettes'. These are a battery-powered device that provide inhaled doses of nicotine by way of a vapourised solution. They are becoming increasingly used as a substitute to smoking tobacco.

Dave's concern was that, as they contain nicotine, these devices would be fall foul of the Health Act 2006, that prohibits smoking in enclosed public places, resulting in drivers being prosecuted if caught using an ‘electronic cigarette' in their cab.

We got on the case and we would like to thank West Yorkshire Police for clarifying the law by sending us the following statement:

To be guilty of the offence of 'smoking in a smoke-free place', an individual can be smoking anything which contains tobacco, or smoking any other substance, including being in possession of anything lit which contains tobacco, or being in possession of any other lit substance in a form which could be smoked. ‘Smoking' therefore includes the smoking of cigarettes, pipes, cigars, herbal cigarettes and waterpipes (often known as hookah or shisha pipes) etc.
Electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco and are not ‘lit' so would not be covered by the offence.

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