This week Public Health England released new guidelines to help employer’s structure vaping policies in the work place.
With roughly 2.8 million vapers in the UK and this number rising steadily, the need for set policies for vapers at work is growing.
PHE’s new framework gives employers advice to aid e-cigarette use in the work place, with the understanding that there is no ‘one size fits all approach’.
Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of health and wellbeing at PHE said:
“The evidence is clear that vaping is much less harmful than smoking and that e-cigarettes are helping many smokers to quit. This new framework will encourage organisations to consider both the benefits and the risks when developing their own policies on e-cigarettes. Different approaches will be appropriate in different places, but policies should take account of the evidence and clearly distinguish vaping from smoking.”
There are five key principles to guide employers:
Make clear the distinction between vaping and smoking.
Ensure policies are informed by the evidence on health risks to bystanders.
Identify and manage risks of uptake by children and young people.
Support smokers to stop smoking and stay smoke free.
Support compliance with smoke free law and policies.
It seems that the powers that be are finally recognising that vaping is not smoking. It seems that the days of vapers being forced to stand in a smoking area to vape, subjecting a non-smoker to possible issues from passive smoking, might be over.
This is another huge step forward for vaping and as good news is normally few and far between is a refreshing change.
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