|Posted by CAM-VIP on September 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM|
The summer is over and the dark, colder nights are drawing in. Traditionally it is a time when The Great British Pub comes into its own by offering a cozy retreat from the elements by offering hospitality, good beer and a variety of organised events to celebrate Hallowe'en, Bonfire Night, Christmas and the New Year. The darkest, coldest winter months of January and February are made palatable by the publican offering a home away from home where members of the local community can relax in and enjoy the atmosphere.
However since the Health Act of 2006 and the subsequent smoking bans, a significant number of pub going drinkers have felt excluded from the comforts that the traditional pub can offer during the winter months; being forced to stand outside in all weathers, away from their friends and family and missing out on the best that the pub provides. Many choose to stay at home but those who do venture out do so less often and almost feel like lepers.
If there is no amendment to the smoking ban soon, many more traditional pubs will not see the advent of spring.
The Campaign for Vaping in Pubs (CAM-VIP) may soon be in a position to give some help to those pubs that rely on their smokers to stay open. Electronic cigarettes (ecigs) can be legally used in public places and can gives smokers some, if not all, of the satisfaction of smoking. Until recently, ecigs have mainly been promoted only on the internet, or with the odd newspaper advert and as such a majority of smokers have still never heard of them.
The aim of CAM-VIP is to inform pub going smokers of something they can legally use inside the pub when they do not want to venture outside. We do not sell any ecig related products but we have recently started receiving generous donations from ecig vendors which we are looking to pass on. The intention is to organise nights where pubs treat their smokers like VIPs, letting them stay inside, enjoying everything that the pub has to offer whilst we supply them with FREE ecigs to keep them inside. We will also supply information about ecigs, to educate the customers and a list of supporting vendors if the publican or their smokers wish to look further into this smoke-free alternative to tobacco.
Russell VR Ord
Campaign for Vaping in Pubs