Tricks of the Trade: High-Tech Cigarettes

Are electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) subject to the same policies banning smoking in offices, as regular cigarettes? Federal agencies (including the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Air Force) have banned the use of these products on the basis of the report of the chief physician in 2010, which are classified e-cigarettes as “tobacco products”. Does this mean we need to revise the tobacco-free policy in the workplace, to include e-cigarettes as a form of tobacco?

E-cigarettesA new technology will always cause us to rethink how we do things, and it often involves testing our “beliefs and traditions.” New technology spurs us to remove the obstacles that prevented us from doing something better or less bad.

One new technology enterprise managers can be found on the impact of their objects procedure rather are electronic cigarettes. Is there a smoking when someone uses one? Or is it not to smoke? That is the question!

An Electronic cigarette is a device created to be used as a regular cigarette. Instead of using an open flame or burning glow, which produces smoke, this item uses batteries to heat liquid nicotine into vapor, it referred to vamping. Users simply inhale and exhale nicotine vapor (which can be purchased at different levels, if someone wants to rid themselves of smoking / vaping). I’m told that smokers feel much the same way as smoking, but without the horrible smell, mess, chemicals and tar.

Here’s the problem for FMS. Vaping looks as smoking as we allow this without smokers feeling slighted? This is a very visually confusing. So let’s look at both sides of the issue.

Regular cigarettes: The problem with smoking indoors has two aspects:

1) It provides non-smokers from passive smoking, without their consent.

2) This is a fire hazard.

These only heat up while inhaling, the exhaled vapor has a pleasant odor, and presumably no secondhand nicotine enters the air.

So, there are two other problems:

1) Many of us are odorless free policy, and if you do not, you will. This is where electronic wickless and candles are scented or unscented that are prohibited.

2) There are no official studies that prove building occupants are not exposed to passive nicotine. If a product is labeled as a fragrance, the manufacture is not required to disclose ingredients on the Material Safety Data Sheet. The ingredients are considered to be property, confidential, etc. This prevents the companies from determining of the FMS that passengers involuntarily exposed.

I have not had to deal with this on my campus yet, but if you have and have a tip to share, please send it in the comments section below.

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