Despite opposition from several MPs, the radical decision has been made to ban vaping across the Houses of Parliament, meaning that MPs and workers will have to go outside when they wish to vape.
This follows the news from February, when a group of MPs recommended the opposite – that politicians should be allowed to vape indoors. The Commons Administration Committee had previously proposed that e-cigarettes should be allowed in MPs’ offices, areas of the Portcullis House building and Strangers’ bar.
Four months later, however, the government has now issued a ban across the entire grounds of the Houses of Parliament, with the exception of a few designated outdoor areas. This is despite the previous opposition of several MPs, as well as the evidence that second-hand vapour is much less harmful than second-hand smoke from regular cigarettes.
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