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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Electronic Cigarettes In The Workplace

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in FacilityBlog, Featured Post, Question Of The Week, Safety, Topics

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Published on February 04, 2013 with 2 Comments

This Question of the Week comes from the Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management Group on LinkedIn.

Are electronic cigarettes (E-Cigs) subject to the same smoking policy ban in facilities as regular cigarettes? Federal agencies (including the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Air Force) have banned the use of these products based on the Surgeon General’s report in 2010 classifying e-cigarettes as “tobacco products.” Does this mean we need to revise tobacco-free policies in the workplace to include e-cigarettes as a form of tobacco?

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About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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  1. If these e-cigarettes are having tobacco products and it is scientifically proved, then it must be banned in the work place as per the law.

  2. E cigarette is not a tobacco product and it is proved. As it is smokeless and tobacco less smoking device it should not be banned in working places.

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