Manage E-Cigarettes in the Workplace

Key Points

  • The increased use of electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or e-cigs) presents many challenges for an employer. If an employer permits e-cigarette use in the workplace, an employer must also decide how the use will be managed.
  • An employer should implement a policy that effectively communicates its expectations and guidelines regarding e-cigarette use and addresses whether, where and when such use is permissible on the employer's premises.
  • While there may be significant benefits to permitting employees to use e-cigarettes (e.g., helping employees reduce dependence on tobacco), there are also many risks (e.g., potential negative health effects on co-workers). Additionally, employers need to consider state and municipal laws with regard to e-cigarette use in the workplace.

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