This comes from a pay walled article in The Australian. I don't have access to the article, but have access to a PDF of it. Vaping to be banned indoors STEPHEN FITZPATRICK 3 minutes The use of electronic cigarettes is is set to be banned indoors under changes NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard is expected to take to cabinet this week. The Australian understands NSW is set to go down the road of Victoria and put a ban on the practice of vaping indoors by imposing some of the tightest restrictions in the country on the practice. Last year, Victoria outlawed vaping in Victoria’s smoke-free spaces and banned e-cigarette advertising. Vaping, the slang term for smoking an e-cigarette, involves heating a nicotine-based liquid that mimics smoking and creates a small vapour trail. Under the Victorian laws, smokers are banned from lighting up within 4m of food served outdoors at pubs and within 10m of food stalls at major events, with $150 fines for anyone who smokes in outdoor dining areas. Last week, NSW cabinet is understood to have considered a Greens private member’s bill suggesting e-cigarettes be banned altogether. Mr Hazzard spoke against this, but late last year he said he supported the calls for vaping to be banned in smoke-free areas. “I am very sympathetic as Health Minister to the calls of the various organisations who, after all, are just raising their concerns about a health issue that e-cigarettes could cause,” he said at the time. “It’ll be worked through on an evidence basis.” At the time, Mr Hazzard called for a national approach on the issue. Recent findings by Public Health England suggest e-cigarettes are about 95 per cent less harmful than smoking and there was no evidence that e-cigarettes acted as a route into smoking for children or nonsmokers. Vaping has also been praised as a way to get smokers off regular cigarettes. Nicotine is banned in the devices in Australia unless approved by a doctor. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt told ABC radio he would not lift the ban on e-cigarettes. “It’s not going to be happening on my watch, as far as I’m concerned,” he said in October. The tobacco and e-cigarette industries have been lobbying Mr Hunt and the federal government intensely to lift the ban, with many major tobacco corporations investing in the alternatives to oldfashioned smoking. England, Scotland and New Zealand have gone the opposite way by legalising vaping as a means to combat smoking rates. There are an estimated 250,000 vapers in Australia, or about 1.2 per cent of the population.