Earlier this week, we told you the devastating story of a British couple that was denied the opportunity to adopt because a social worker saw the husband using an electronic cigarette. This story has caused such an uproar of protests from vapers worldwide that the British Association of Adoption and Fostering is changing their policy so that ecig users can adopt after all.
Previously, 13 adoption and foster services in England denied vapers the right to take in a child and insisted that couples be completely abstinent from e-cigs for 12 months before starting the interview process. But after news broke of a couple that was otherwise perfectly qualified to take a child, authorities decided to change their protocols and allow vapers to pursue adoption or foster care.
There was a lot of debate among the media about whether ecig use should exclude a person from adopting or fostering, but with no scientific studies to prove that vapor poses any risk a all, there is just not legitimate reason to ban these families from taking in kids that desperately need a permanent home.
In the vast majority of cases, vapers are former smokers that are making an attempt to improve their health and cease tobacco use. If anything, this should make them even more eligible to become parents because they are doing everything possible to create a healthier environment for their children.
After further consideration and a barrage of backlash from ecig advocates and the media, the British Association of Adoption and Fostering issued this statement: “At the next meeting of our Health Group Advisory Committee (HGAC), we will be recommending that agencies now consider e-cigarettes as different to tobacco cigarettes… Agencies should therefore recognize the low risk to children and not see the use of e-cigarettes as a reason to preclude foster carers or adopters purely on this basis. Each circumstance should be risk assessed on an individual basis.”
This is a major victory for vapers and it just goes to show you that policies can be changed when we all work together and push for fair legislation. We applaud the British Association of Adoption and Fostering for their willingness to examine this issue and make appropriate changes.