The Electronic Cigarette, The Law and The User.
The Act was introduced in response to tobacco based cigarettes killing over 100,000 people every year in the UK, as lit tobacco produces tar,carcinogens, carbon monoxide and up to 4000 other toxic substances.
In Chapter 28 that incorporates the Smoking ban, the definition of smoking is stated as: Smoking refers to smoking tobacco or anything which contains tobacco, or smoking any other substance, and smoking includes being in possession of lit tobacco or of anything lit which contains tobacco, or being in possession of any other lit substance in a form in which it could be smoked.
The user of a electronic cigarette device is excluded from this Act as the device contains no tobacco; it is not ignited, and produces no smoke from burning substances.
The electronic cigarette can be used in any location and within any premises that introduced a ban on tobacco based cigarettes with the introduction into Law of the Health Act 2006.