E-cigarettes in the Workplace
Britons have not been able to light up a cigarette at the office since the Health Act 2006 instituted a smoking ban in 2007. Despite this E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, have become a popular alternative as well as a cessation tool for traditional smokers.
E-cigarettes do not violate the Health Act 2006 as they deliver nicotine in a vapour rather than a smoke. Yet, just because these devices are not included in the smoking ban does not mean that they do not present risks to your company or staff.
What are E-cigarettes?
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine to users by heating a solution of nicotine, flavouring, additives and propylene glycerol and/or vegetable glycerine. Generally these devices consist of a mouthpiece, a battery, and a cartridge or tank containing the nicotine solution.
Potential risks associated with E-cigarettes
Whilst the limited research that has been published about E-cigarettes has coloured the device as a safer, cleaner alternative to traditional tobacco products, there are still potential risks. These risks are not only health-related but can impact on your company as well.
Our Risk Insight offers some in depth information about managing the risks in your workplace.