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Copenhagen Municipality tightens rules for e-cigarettes

Municipal employees will be banned from vaping in no-smoking areas

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December 7th, 2016 11:45 am| by Lucie Rychla

Copenhagen Municipality has adopted a proposal that aligns rules for the use of e-cigarettes with those for regular cigarettes.

Municipal employees in the capital will not be allowed to vape in areas, where smoking regular cigarettes has also been banned.

“It makes perfect sense,” Ninna Thomsen, the city’s deputy mayor for health, told DR Nyheder.

“It does not matter whether they work with children and youth or in a healthcare centre, they are role models to other citizens.”

READ MORE: Danish health authorities warn against the use of e-cigarettes

Harmful and carcinogenic
Liberal Alliance opposed the proposal, claiming people could figure out themselves how to behave.

On the other hand, the Danish cancer society Kræftens Bekæmpelse welcomes the new rules.

“In some e-cigarettes, [researchers] have found both harmful and carcinogenic substances,” said Niels Them Kjær, the project manager for tobacco prevention at Kræftens Bekæmpelse.