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Question 803 June 2013

e-cigarettes in the office

An interesting query has recently emerged from the smoking fraternity- Where people are allowed to consume drinks at their workstation or in breakout areas can they smoke electronic cigarettes?

Legally, there may be a case for allowing employees to use e-cigarettes in public places (unless there are other restrictions in force regarding the consumption of food and drink in the workplace). So, in a factory, it would be easy to say no; but in the offices (where people are allowed to consume drinks at their workstation or in breakout areas), a ban could be challenged.
Im not sure what stance other companies have taken on this issue, views welcome please.


The following 5 companies answered this question and 2 documents were supplied:

  • BAE Systems Land and Armaments
  • Royal Mail Group
  • Tata Steel Europe
  • Tesco Stores Limited
  • UK Power Networks
  • "Smoke-free Workplace"
  • "Smoking Guide"

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