Hospital bosses in Sheffield have banned the use of e-cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes are an alternative to tobacco but, because they are unregulated, bosses at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have said their safety cannot be guaranteed.
Deputy Chief Nurse Chris Morley said: “We feel this approach is appropriate for the health and wellbeing of patients, visitors and staff, as there is currently no appropriate product regulation, along with inconsistencies in quality control for these devices.
“The absolute safety of such products cannot be guaranteed.”
But Elliott Parker, manager at Mirage E-cigarettes which has stores around the city, said: “A great part of the population uses e-cigarettes, it is a lot more prevalent in Britain than in many other countries. There is a situation in hospitals where ill patients are wheeled off to use tobacco. E-cigarettes are a good alternative, there is no second-hand ingestion of nicotine, and the vapour they give out disappears.”