Smoke and mirrors? No Smoke Without Fire…
The use of e-cigarettes and vaping has become increasingly popular in the UK, both as an alternative to smoking and helping those to quit smoking altogether. But what does this mean for employers?
There are 9 million smokers in the UK and 2.8 million that use e-cigarettes, otherwise known as vaping.
Organisations can decide whether e-cigarettes and vaping are permitted in the office. There is proof that it is less harmful than smoking so many business owners are willing to accept it.
However, there is still little research over the long-term use of vaping and the potential it could have on people around them. Organisations should carefully consider all the risks before allowing vaping in the office. Many Managers still consider it a potential fire or smoke hazard as well as the odour and distraction in the workplace.
If organisations choose to allow vaping, clear policies should be put in place. The policies should clearly articulate the reasons why vaping is being allowed and all stakeholders should be involved in the decision-making process.