Pub bans customer from 'smoking' e-cigarette

A GLASGOW pub has become one of the first in ­Scotland to ban a customer from 'smoking' an electronic cigarette.

Loading Comments
Share
Print
The woman was asked to leave when she lit up an e-cigarette
The woman was asked to leave when she lit up an e-cigarette

In what is the first highlighted case in the country, a local woman was enjoying a drink in Molly Malones in the city centre when she was approached by a member of staff and asked to put the e-cigarette away.

She was told the battery-powered smoking simulator - which emits a non-toxic ­vapour and is used by those trying to cut back - would need to be used outside the Hope Street pub which is also where smokers gather.

The Irish bar is a Belhaven pub and is managed by Suffolk-based Greene King, which confirmed that it is company policy not to allow electronic cigarettes to be used inside its premises.

The customer, who lives in the West End of the city, said she was left "speechless" and said pubs should be doing more to help those trying to quit.

The Scottish ­Licensed Trade Association told the Evening Times that this is the first case it has been made aware of.

But chief executive Paul Waterson, who is based in Glasgow, said he thinks more pubs may follow suit.

Mr Waterson told the Evening Times: "This is the first case anyone has been in touch with us about in Scotland but I think this is something we are going to see more and more of. Our position is that the decision on whether to allow these e-cigarettes rests with the individual publican."

He added: "The problem is that they cause confusion among ­other customers.

"There is a vapour which comes from the devices and they can be mistaken for real cigarettes."

He added that some landlords might take the view that they do not want to risk being wrongly reported for flouting the smoking ban.

But the aggrieved Molly Malones customer added: "There is no smell from an electronic cigarette, only vapour.

"And the one I was using didn't even look like a cigarette as it is purple and black.

"I find it completely ridiculous that the pub is banning something which helps their customers cut down and eventually stop smoking.

"Nobody is likely to go outside a pub to have a couple of drags on an electronic cigarette, so will be more likely to go outside and have the real thing.

"So much for the pub supporting people who are trying to do the right thing and stop smoking."

A spokeswoman from Belhaven said: "To avoid any confusion for staff and customers and to ensure the comfort and enjoyment of all, we do not allow e-cigarettes to be used inside our businesses."

According to the Greene King website, the company manages a further 16 pubs in the city, including the ­Scotia Bar in Stockwell Street, The Snaffle Bit in Sauchiehall Street, Coopers in Great ­Western Road and the Old Schoolhouse in Woodlands Road.

linzi.watson@eveningtimes.co.uk

Food and drink

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

145892

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
                A weekly round up of social highlights                
                               

A weekly round up of social highlights

                               

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

                               

Why the Harlem Globetrotters weren't so slam dunking and making a boob at Debenhams

               
Free swim at a Glasgow Club pool for every reader - Click here

Entertainment

Lifestyle

Wedding
Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

            Michelle McManus            
                       

Michelle McManus

                       

Sussed in the City

                       

Why women are better at spotting so called 'bluff' when it comes to the independence debate.

           
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.