In 2015, vaping was banned in all Scottish hospital grounds, however individual health boards can make their own decision whether to allow vaping.

This ban has been upheld by both NHS Fife and Lanarkshire while NHS Tayside are planning to take the same route as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde by lifting the prohibition.

This topic has come under some scrutiny as a ban on vaping in hospitals seems somewhat of a  mixed message as it groups a device designed to help quit smoking with cigarettes themselves.

Public Health expert, Professor Linda Bauld, believes that there is little evidence to support the ban and is concerned that this ban could discourage smokers from quitting cigarettes.

With the Royal College of Physicians having stated that vaping is 95% healthier than smoking, a ban on vaping in hospitals may seem confusing to the public and give off an unfair representation of e-cigarettes by categorising them with cigarettes. This point was articulated by Professor Linda Bauld in an article for Tobacco Control where she explained:

By treating e-cigarettes like tobacco, and banning them in certain places, it gives a message to the public about them being as dangerous as smoking.

This legislation adds to the previous law in Scotland that bans the use of e-cigarettes on ScotRail trains which was brought in to force in 2013.

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