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Should your no-smoking policy ban e-cigarettes?

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by Susan K. Lessack, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP

e-cigaretteThe days of lighting up at the office are making a comeback in some workplaces, thanks to the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2013, one in five adult smokers reported that they had tried e-cigarettes, up from one in 10 in 2012.

While e-cigarettes differ from traditional cigarettes in some fundamental ways, many employers are now faced with a dilemma in terms of how to treat e-cigarettes in policy and in practice.

What is an e-cigarette?

An e-cigarette looks somewhat like a traditional cigarette or a pipe, and contains a battery-powered heating element that vaporizes a liquid containing nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. E-cigarettes emit an odorless vapor, and as a result, e-cigarette smoking is known as “vaping.”

E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco or some of the other harmful ingredients in traditional cigare...(register to read more)

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