I have received a reply back from the Metrocentre Management about their decision to ban electronic cigarettes. I reads as follows:
Thank you for your email.
With regards to our policy we ask people not to use electronic cigarettes in Metrocentre. We made this decision to avoid any confusion to shoppers and security staff as they can look very realistic from a distance. Smokers of both electronic and traditional varieties are provided with dedicated areas outside our centres. This policy is in line with many visitor attractions across the UK.
As far as retailers are concerned they each have their own policy on e-cigarettes and you will need to check directly with them.
With regard to VIP our Head Office are meeting next week to discuss the sale of e-cigarettes.
If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Next week may be too late as VIP are having to be out of the Metrocentre by 28th Feb.
e-cigarettes are a lot bigger that normal cigarettes, but granted that may be hard to tell them apart from a distance away but as you get closer its easy to tell, especially if the electronic ones have a green or blue light on the end of them.
Personally I think this decision is still a bad one.
Let me know you thoughts on this please.