Should vaping be allowed in the workplace?

Since the FDA announced new restrictions on e-cigarettes, an increasing number of US cities and states have been inclined to treat them just like tobacco.

Vaping indoors, and at your desk for example, meant increased productivity and concentration for a lot of vapers, since they weren’t having to go outside to take smoking breaks, or indeed, thinking about when their next break would be.

But some cities and states have banned this right, forcing people to vape outside in the same area as smokers. Some people are arguing that this is unfair. Since many vapers are former smokers, surely forcing them to go outside and breathing in cigarette smoke is likely to hinder progress?

Forbes published an article about vaping in the workplace back in 2014 after Wal-Mart, the largest private employer in the U.S., with 1.3 million workers, lumped e-cigs in with tobacco products because some e-liquids contain tobacco-derived nicotine. But Wal-Mart does not ban nicotine patches, lozenges or gum. They actually give those to employees for free as part of its smoking-cessation plan for employees. This led many people to wonder if preferential treatment was being given to big pharmaceutical products, many of which are far less effective than ecigs.

Some employers are fine with employees vaping, adopting a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy. Providing the majority of employees are okay with vaping in the workplace, it will be allowed.

Ultimately, the government will decide whether vaping will be allowed in the workplace, but it would be interesting to hear whether our customers are still vaping in their workplaces, and indeed, what they think about this topic. Feel free to comment below with your views, or tweet us

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