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The State Of Vaping And E-Cigarettes At Work

By: Lindsay Fox

It can’t be put off any longer. Employers and building owners are going to have to start figuring out the rules and regulations for the use of e-cigarettes – most commonly known as vaping – in the workplace. The practice is becoming ever more popular. Given the difficulty of kicking the smoking habit, vaping’s highly championed ability to help people ween themselves from tobacco and nicotine will only make it more popular with time. The use of e-cigarettes is already becoming incredibly ubiquitous overall. Those not in the know might not agree that vaping should be allowed however.

Even devout followers of the vaping community and health experts can not seem to find an agreed upon understanding of just how healthy e-cigarettes really are. With all of the uncertainty, it leaves a lot of room open for debate and controversy moving forward as the inevitably regulations are worked out. Since regular smoking is off limits in the UK and even other regions such as the US, it isn’t hard to imagine a lot of people will demand the same of e-cigarettes. The existing laws are going to be quite a sticking point for many anti-vaping advocates.

1 – The Laws

In the UK, the Health Act 2006 put a hard ban on any smoking in enclosed public places. With this in effect, smoking at work has been seen as an unacceptable practice. Of course, some have areas somewhere outside the building that most managers turn a blind eye to, but a lot of strict regulations are in place. There is serious pressure placed upon employers, managers, and the owners of workplace buildings to make it plain as day that smoking is absolutely not allowed there. Notices must be placed all around the building to serve as a quick remember to keep any cigarettes pocketed for later. The policy effects both staff, visitors, and customers alike.

While the next logical step in a lot of people’s minds will be to ban e-cigarettes in the same fashion, the current laws do not technically have any effect on vaping. Should an employee decide to use their e-cigarette at their work desk, it would be well within their legal right to do so. The responsibility to determine whether that practice is acceptable or not lies on the management staff and employers for now. Many aspects of the issue must be taken into account before any firm decisions are to be made.

It is still early to determine where the ultimate decision on public vaping will lie, but the wheels are already in motion. Given the uncertain aspects of the overall healthiness of e-cigarettes, world authorities’ reactions to them have been varied. In the US, San Fransisco, California’s Board of Supervisors voted to ban e-cigarettes from public use. The vote was actually completely unanimous, with the general consensus being that they should not be treated any differently to regular cigarettes. On the flip side of that, you have towns in London opening up coffee shops where e-cigarettes and corresponding paraphernalia can be purchased and even used if so desired. The contrast seen here is sure to carry on until more understanding about vaping has become widespread.

Of course, it is also worth noting that the east London coffee shop mentioned above is mostly able to exist at all given the lack of specific categorization for e-cigarettes in the UK at present time. E-cigarettes are not regulated any differently than any other general consumer product. This could very well change very soon however. The EU Tobacco Product Directive will be going through in May of 2016. Any effected member states will likely see a ban on e-cigarettes if they have north of 20 miligrams of nicotine output per every milliliter.

2 – Expert Concerns

As mentioned, even the experts on the matter of e-cigarettes do not have all of the answers. Many of them disagree on just how valid the claims that e-cigarettes are a healthy smoking alternative. There isn’t enough clinical study into them yet, and the long term effects can not be known since their usage is still a relatively new phenomenon. Even with a lot of positive buzz regarding how safe they are, suspicions have been raised among health specialists.

More research has to be done, but some early e-cigarette studies reported that toxins are still present. Though the nicotine levels are not as high as in traditional tobacco cigarettes, any percentage may still have some negative effects with repeated use. These factors may vary from model to model or other elements such as what kind of battery attachments were used, making it hard to pin down any concrete information at the moment. Coming to a clear understanding of the matter will likely take many more years, just as it did with regular cigarettes.

The WHO (which stands for World Health Organization) has been a strong opponent to public e-cigarette smoking. Considering all of the unknown variables at play, they have been incredibly dismissive of the products as legitimate means for quitting smoking. They have also pointed out that the nicotine output and vapor could also be of detrimental effect to others. Just as cigarette smoke is particularly vexing to non-smokers, non-vapers may be bothered by the smoke that is generated by e-cigarettes. As such, the WHO advises against any legislature that allows public usage of e-cigarettes.

3 – Defining A Vaping Policy

The Advisory Conciliation & Arbitration Service published a guide not too long ago that confirms that employers have all of the responsibility when defining how e-cigarettes should be used in the workplace. For the most part, anti-smoking legislature can not technically include vaping. There will be a lot of challenge in figuring out this terms, and different policies will likely be found among different companies. The ongoing study of e-cigarettes will benefit from this greatly however. Any particularly successful policies that are found may well color how the votes for overall public use lean.

The ACAS has put forth a lot of useful suggestions on how workplaces can go about figuring out how they handle e-cigarettes. It is likely not the best idea to allow vaping out in common areas or at work desks. Designated areas may work as an acceptable alternative however. Allowing only short occasional breaks (perhaps one or two per shift) is also suggested. Should any employees decide they want to stray from these rules, penalties can be put in place to make sure that they are more closely adhered to.

Finally, the ACAS suggests that employers can simply add on a paragraph or two about e-cigarettes to the existing rules concerning the use of cigarettes in the building. Even so, they feel vaping should still be treated as its own issue. Some managers may feel they can simply lump vaping in with the other smoking, but the needs of vapers need to be catered to more specifically. After all, a lot of people take up vaping as a means to get away from standard nicotine. There is a long road ahead to get all of this worked out, but it will all get sorted in due time.

Questions About The Safety Of E-Cigarettes

By: Terry Ozon

More and more smokers are switching to e-cigarettes, either as an alternative to smoking or as a method of quitting. However, despite their growing popularity, there’s also a growing concern regarding the safety of e-cigarettes. We had the same concerns, so we decided to dig deeper and gather some data on the effects of smoking electronic cigarettes compared to traditional tobacco ones.

The Impact Of Smoking On Your Body

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about the daunting effects of smoking is nicotine addiction. However, although nicotine addiction is daunting, this is not the only danger hidden in your cigarettes. Small amounts of tobacco are burnt each time you inhale, so nicotine enters your system together with a cocktail of over 4000 toxic substances. They are absorbed into your bloodstream, causing a lot of damage to your organs and increasing the risk of developing severe medical conditions such as cancer and heart disease. This damage is far bigger than the one caused by nicotine, just in case you were wondering.

One of the most harmful substances you inhale when you smoke is carbon monoxide. This compound has a very high toxic potential. There is research that proves its direct connection with heart disease. Moreover, when inhaled in the process of smoking, it is combined with acrolein, a substance linked to cancer and lung disease. These chemicals, as well as many others, enter your bloodstream, having the potential of thickening your blood and narrowing your arteries. Circulatory problems lead to an increased risk of stroke and heart attack, as well as to stomach ailments and even fertility troubles.

The Impact Of Vaping On your Body

Compared with tobacco cigarettes smoking, vaping has several advantages. You can still get your daily nicotine fix, but you don’t need to inhale all other dangerous chemicals in the cigarette smoke. The e-cigarette contains less chemicals, thus generating less adverse reactions and side effects than traditional smoking. There is research that proves the levels on carbon monoxide and acrolein are much lower in e-cigs, thus contributing less to making people sick. Such studies were organized on both small and large groups of people, over various periods of time. The conclusion is that this is the way of managing your addiction to nicotine with less harmful effects on your health.

E-cigarettes are still new, so there might be many things that are still unknown. Research takes time, so whenever new technologies appear, their effects on our health can’t be determined immediately. There has to be a long period of time until long-term effects can be assessed. E-cigarettes look like an excellent alternative to traditional tobacco smoking, but the effects on long term are yet to be evaluated. Even so, the simple fact that they remove part of the risks associated with smoking is one of the reasons for the increased popularity of e-cigarettes. Most people agree that these positives outweigh possible negatives by far, so this less toxic source of nicotine replaces more and more the smoking as we used to know it. Moreover, if we think that by switching to electronic cigarettes we protect the ones around us, this is one more reason to ditch tobacco smoking and switch to vaping right now, as you finish reading this article.

How Do E-Cigarettes Really Work?

By: Lindsay Fox

E-cigarettes are a fairly new product that has been introduced into the marketplace. It has quickly become a popular alternative as well as an aid for quitting smoking. In addition, it is a safe way to smoke in public areas. So the individual sitting right across from you at a restaurant that is blowing smoke may not really be blowing smoke after all. E-cigarettes offer an alternative way of consuming nicotine, which is a very addictive chemical that is contained in tobacco. The great thing is you can get your nicotine fix without the harmful side effects that come from the smoke. You might be wondering how this works.

How E-Cigarettes Work

It’s actually quite simple. The e-cigarette shell is powered by a battery and has a changeable cartridge that gets inserted and then clicked into place. This device converts the liquid nicotine (which is inside a capsule) into mist. The capsule frequently contains nicotine, some form of flavouring and some kind of humectant such as vegetable glycerie or propylene glycol. The user then inhales this mist for their dose of nicotine. In order for this to take place, the liquid inside the capsule is heated up by the device’s battery until it is a misty vapour which can be safely inhaled, since it doesn’t contain the toxic chemicals that cigarettes do.

The battery is the e-cigarette’s largest component. It has a small LED light that comes with it that lets you be able to tell when the vaporiser is being used. There is a microprocessor on the ed of the battery. It regulates the behavior of the remainder of the cigarette. That section is about 2/3 of the whole cigarette. The last third is where the replaceable cartridge is and where the flavoured liquid nicotine is held. The cartridge gets connected on one of the ends of the mouthpiece. The vapour that is produced is captured here and is delivered via one controlled hole. There is a sensor on the other end. A small button controls the atomiser and LED light which signals that the e-cigarette is in use. When you press the button, it activates the small atomiser, which then heats up the nicotine liquid inside the cartridge, turning it into vapour, which is then inhaled.

One interesting thing about e-cigarettes is they can be very useful as an aid for quitting smoking completely. Many people use them to help cope with their nicotine addiction inside closed environments, since the emitted vapours don’t contain any smoky odours or toxins that cause second hand smoke to be bad for people’s health. However, a range of nicotine free and reduced nicotine content cartridges are also available for people wanting to completely quit smoking, but need something that will help them bridge the gap until they get there.

Are E-Cigarettes Dangerous?

Everyone knows that smoking regular cigarettes is dangerous. In addition to being the beginnings of what can turn out to be a long term addiction to nicotine, they also contain several toxic chemicals that makes the smoke that is produced hazardous to those around the smoker in addition to the smoker himself. However, e-cigarettes are pretty simple in theory and design, and don’t contain the numerous dangerous chemicals that cigarettes do, which makes them a much safer alternative to regular cigarettes.

To receive more information about e-cigarettes or some useful advice on how to switch to an alternative that is healthier than smoking is, please contact us. We are very happy to help you in any way we can.