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Vaping in the Workplace: A Bigger Issue Than You Think

Vaping in the Workplace: A Bigger Issue Than You Think

Vaping at work is a much bigger problem than most employers think.

Unfortunately, regulations on vaping at work are piecemeal at best, with less than half of states explicitly banning e-cigarette use in workplaces.

With service and industry workers back in the workplace and many more contemplating a return to in-person work, regulations on workplace vaping to protect employee health have never been more important.

Vaping isn’t harmless

Vaping isn’t harmless, either for e-cigarette users themselves or for those exposed to secondhand aerosol (i.e., vapor).

Although e-cigarettes are likely less harmful than combustible cigarettes, the long-term effects of e-cigarette use are not yet known. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Plus, aerosol from e-cigarettes can contain cancer-causing chemicals and damage lung tissue, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

Impact of vaping at work

Until now, limited research existed on how employees are exposed to or affected by vaping at work. Research from Truth Initiative published in academic journals reveals that vaping pervades the workplace with more than three-fourths (76%) of e-cigarette users vaping at work.

Other key findings include:

  • 70% agree that vaping in the workplace is harmful to their health
  • 63% say vaping at work bothers them
  • 63% agree that vaping in the workplace decreases productivity for those who vape

Regulations on vaping at work to protect employee health have never been more important. Download this special report to learn:

  • How workplace vaping affects productivity, even when just a few employees vape
  • The impact of workplace vaping on different industries such as manufacturing, IT, retail, health services, and education
  • The gaps in employer policies for vape- and smoke-free workplaces

For more insights on how to address vaping in the workplace, visit:

Many Young E-Cig Users Want to Stop Vaping—We Asked Them Why

Tip Sheet: Impact of Vaping in Manufacturing—What Employers Can Do About It

4 Tips for Including Vaping in Your No Smoking Policy at Work

How Much Does Vaping Cost Individuals and Employers?



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