Workers should vape in the office, government suggests

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The government is hailing the safety of electronic cigarettes as they attempt to stamp out smoking in younger generations.

The government’s new Tobacco Control Plan recommends that electronic cigarettes be permitted in the office in an attempt to create a ‘smoke free generation’.

The aim of the plan is to increase the availability of safer options to smoking, as the government attempts to reduce smoking rates by one quarter in adults.

Whitehall’s new-found permissive attitude towards electronic cigarettes represents something of a turn around as the administration had previously appeared somewhat lukewarm to the virtues of the new technology.

It is hoped that a concerted effort to raise awareness of alternatives to smoking could lead to younger generations being completely smoke free.

The newly published government plan sets out to remind employers that electronic cigarettes are not outlawed by smoke free legislation meaning that they should not be featured in workplace policies that ban smoking.

“The evidence is increasingly clear that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than smoking tobacco,” the plan states.

“The government will seek to support consumers in stopping smoking and adopting the use of less harmful nicotine products.”

The safety of e-cigarettes is being more frequently mentioned in anti-smoking campaigns and the Department of Health is currently in the process of monitoring evidence about their use.

“Britain is a world leader in tobacco control, and our tough action in the past decade has seen smoking rates in England fall to an all-time low of 15.5 per cent. But our vision is to create a smoke-free generation,” Public health minister Steve Brine commented.

It will be down to individual businesses to decide if they will adapt their policies or choose to ignore the government’s advice.

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  1. That’s good news! Vaping is awesome. That’s said, I wouldn’t do it in the office and it’s nice to get out for 5 mins and stretch your legs anyway.

  2. Vaping should NOT be allowed in the office as some of the machines give out a huge cloud of smoke that is distracting and could set off fire alarms.

    Vaping adverts should also be banned as they should be treated in the same way as cigarettes in that NO ADVERTISING as this will help eradicate smoking more.

  3. It is good that fewer people are smoking tobacco products and dropping cigarette butts discriminately about the place. However, I remain sceptical about the safety of vaping.

    I disagree that vaping should be permitted in the workplace. I personally, would not like to sit in a sickly smelling, vapour filled office.

    Companies should be very cautious about excluding vaping from their no smoking policies. People who do not vape will rightly request a clean air environment to work in.

  4. I don’t know what is in these vaping products, but it’s not something I currently choose to put into my body so vaping won’t be welcome in our office. I expect most non-vaping employees would take issue with this “recommendation” and quite rightly so!

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