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MSPs seek public opinion on e-cigarettes and patient harm

The different flavourings added to e-cigarettes are potentially harmful, according to  recent study.
The different flavourings added to e-cigarettes are potentially harmful, according to recent study.

A group of MSPs want to know people’s opinions on legislation that would restrict the sale of e-cigarettes and create no smoking areas in hospital grounds.

Holyrood’s health and sport committee are currently scrutinising the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc, and Care) Scotland Bill.

It would, if passed, create a legal requirement for health and social care organisations to be up-front with people when they have been harmed as a result of the care or treatment they have received – a duty of candour.

The proposals would also establish a new criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect of adults which would apply to individual health and social care workers, managers and supervisors.

MSPs want to know people’s opinions on whether the sale and advertising of nicotine vapour products should be restricted and smoking in non-smoking areas of hospital grounds banned.

Committee convener Duncan McNeil said: “The proposals in this Bill are wide ranging and if passed will impact on a number of aspects of people’s lives.

“The use of e-cigarettes has always been controversial and how and if they should be regulated is an issue this committee has already considered.

“It’s important that the right balance is struck between regulating the use of e-cigarettes and supporting those using them as an alternative to more harmful tobacco products.

“Our committee looks forward to hearing a variety of opinions on these issues.”

The deadline for submissions by e-mailing healthandsport.committee@scottish.parliament.uk is August 12.

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