E Cigarettes & the law
An Electronic cigarette or e cigarette does not contain tobacco or produce physical smoke. Passive smoke generated from tobacco cigarettes and cigars is the prime concern of the smoking ban because non-smokers are forced to inhale tobacco smoke without choice.
The VIP E Cig is not governed by the smoking ban or restricted by tobacco laws due to its construction and contents. The electric cigarette is also not subject to the high tobacco tax rates. Loss of tobacco tax revenue is a concern of governments worldwide and loss if profits for the pharmaceutical industry and tobacco empires as more smokers switch to electronic cigarettes.
In terms of the law, it is perfectly legal to smoke or 'vape' electronic cigarettes virtually anywhere.
Laws Governing Electronic Cigarettes
- ROI- no legal restrictions imposed on the usage of e cigs
- Health Act 2006 Exempt
Smoking at Work
Tobacco smoking in the workplace is restricted and the law enforced by the Health Act which bans customers, members of staff, consultants and visitors from smoking in public places and on their premises.
The Health Act does not affect the use of electronic cigarettes. Using an e cigarette is not classified as 'Smoking' as nothing is burned, but is termed 'Vaping' Glossar just like a regular nicotine inhaler with the added benefit of the ability to inhale a realistic tasting, visible vapour. Legally, you are permitted to use the VIP E Cig in the workplace including work vehicles and offices. However, if you are not allowed to consume food or drink in your work area and depending on your type of occupation, your employer may not approve the use of electronic cigarettes while working or carrying out certain tasks. You should check the Terms and Conditions of your employment and if appropriate, ask permission first. For example, if a work colleague is pregnant, she may object to you using your VIP E Cig in her presence.