A new survey published in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has highlighted that many US employees are unclear about the e-cigarette policy at their place of work and whether that policy is different for vaping and for smoking.
The survey was conducted to better assess the perceptions employees had of their company’s smoking and vaping policies and included responses from 456 employed smokers and vapers.
The main response was that companies had the same policy for smoking and vaping, and if there was a difference, the most restrictive policies were placed upon smoking, as opposed to vaping.
Around 12.5 percent of respondents were unaware if their company had any policy related to vaping. Approximately 20 percent reported that employers offered them smoking cessation resources.
While policies around smoking are still a little unclear, policies around vaping are often non-existent, and there is little information available about how the devices can help smokers quit a habit which research continues to show is extremely harmful to health.
“Organizations should not consider smoking and vaping to be the same when setting policy,” the authors said.
“Employers should ensure organizational vaping policies are present and clear to all employees.”
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