E-cigarettes in the Workplace

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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.

 

14/10/16

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