Hello vapers! As vaping bans keep getting effected all over the world, hospitals in Nottingham have decided to take an opposite turn and instead have decided to lift an existing vaping ban. In other news, smoking rates in the US experience the highest drop in 20 years. Check out our updates for details on this exciting news.

Nottingham hospitals become first in England to lift vaping ban

Hospital bosses in Nottingham gave vaping the green light after lifting a blanket vaping ban. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust, which runs the Queen Medical Centre and City Hospital in Nottingham, became the first NHS Hospital Trust in England to allow vaping outside its buildings. This came after a Public Health England Evidence Review concluded that e-cigarettes were 95% safer than traditional cigarettes.

Until now, there was a vaping ban preventing the use of e-cigarettes on hospital grounds just as all forms of tobacco are prohibited. Patients will now be allowed to use e-cigarettes outside hospitals but not in buildings after the vaping ban was lifted. The new smoking policy, approved last month, also commits the Trust to promote stop smoking services for patients and staff.

We have a duty to help our patients and staff make healthy life choices, and can’t ignore the potential benefits of electronic cigarettes as a nicotine replacement therapy. We’re now allowing e-cigarettes on our grounds to give our patients, staff and visitors more choice in how they quit smoking.

Dr Stephen Fowlie, medical director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said.

Read more on Nottingham Post.

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US smoking rates see biggest decline in more than 20 years

Smoking rates among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year making it the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years. According to a new government report, the rate fell 2 percentage points from 2014, when about 17 percent of adults in a large national survey said they had recently smoked. The smoking rate has been falling for decades, but it usually drops only 1 point or less in a year, last year however saw a 2 points drop.

The closest big decline was between 1992 to 1993, when the smoking rate fell 1.5 percentage points. Smoking is the nation’s leading cause of preventable illness, causing more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States, the CDC estimates.

More details on CNBC.