Switzerland bans e-cigarettes in public transport

November 12, 2013

Use of e-cigarettes in public transport in Switzerland will be banned as of next month, the national association of mass transit operators said Tuesday.

From December 15 the use of the battery-powered devices that simulate smoking by heating and vaporising a containing nicotine will incur a 25 Swiss franc (20 euro, $27) fine, a spokesman for Public Transportation Union told the Swiss news agency ATS.

The regulation against smoking tobacco on was extended to due to the difficulty of inspectors to distinguish between cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

Swiss regulations do not allow the sale of electronic cigarettes, but their use in the country is tolerated and the federal public health agency has noted an increase in their use.

There are currently no regulations in Switzerland governing their use in restaurants.

Some 250 scientists, experts, policymakers and industry figures gathered in Britain on Tuesday to discuss the health and public health issues surrounding e-cigarettes, which many argue are much less harmful than smoking tobacco.

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