E-Cigarettes in the Workplace: Productivity Tool or Looming Health Scare?

Electronic cigarettes (a.k.a., e-cigarettes or e-cigs) are a growing trend in the US, including in the workplace. When it comes to these vaporized devices, there are a lot of questions:

  • Are they actually healthier than regular cigarettes?

  • Assuming they are healthier than plain cigarettes, are they still harmful?

  • What about second-hand vapor? Is that a problem?

  • Are there laws around these devices?

  • Does allowing workers to use e-cigs at their workspaces make them more productive since

    they need fewer smoke breaks?

These are just a few examples of what an employer might ask itself when deciding whether to allow an employee to use an e-cigarette in the workplace. And the law is still struggling to catch up to this trend.

To help an employer stay on top of this popular topic, XpertHR has created many documents to help:

In addition, there are numerous FAQs available to answer many nagging questions that an employer may have:

General Information

Considerations of E-Cigarettes in the Workplace

Legal Considerations

Deciding what to do when it comes to e-cigarettes might be a challenge, but having this information at your fingertips should help snuff out some of the difficulties.