Should e-cigarettes be allowed to use in the workplace?

office_smokingIn order to address this question, first, the regulation about using the e-cigarettes in the particular country has to be taken into account. There are countries where e-cigarettes in general or e-cigarettes containing nicotine are banned. In these countries considering using them in the workplace or any other place would be useless.

There are a lot of countries, however, where the e-cigarettes are legal. So, what should be the attitude towards using e-cigarettes in the workplace in these countries?

This question is completely up to the employer’s position towards smoking- and non-smoking issues. The employer might support the opinion on using e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes and allow employees to use e-cigarettes in the workplace. A designated smoking area for e-cigarette smokers could be made available.

On the other hand, however, the employer has to respect the other employees who might find the vapour from e-cigarettes annoying and even potentially hazardous for health in the long term. Since e-cigarettes look similar to real cigarettes some employees might think that real cigarettes are being smoked in the workplace, and this might cause misunderstanding and ambiguity. Another bone of contention might be the requirement of the real cigarettes’ users to allow them to smoke on equal conditions if the e-cigarettes are allowed.

Whatever the decision of the employer towards using the e-cigarettes in the workplace should be, all the pros and cons have to be considered first. The decision in form of rules has to be included in the company’s policy on smoking issues.

http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4900

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