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Friday, March 28, 2014

Employers and Legislators Must Rule On E-Cigarettes

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Its seems like everywhere you turn someone is smoking an e-cigarette, but by and large legislators have said little about them. People puff on their e-cigarettes inside and out, just about anywhere, including movie theaters, restaurants, and bars. In the United States, e-cigarette sales are expected to triple this year; and they are expected to double annually through 2018. Overall sales of e-cigarettes could surpass regular cigarettes by 2028.

Health experts are calling on employers and legislators to decide whether to include e-cigarettes in smoking bans, according to NPR.

While some states and cities have included e-cigarettes in the smoke-free laws, the federal government has not yet regulated e-cigarettes. Some of the hesitation to ban e-cigarettes may be due to a lack of research regarding the effects of e-cigarettes.

The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health, Tim McAfee, commented on the lack of research, saying that it is difficult to study e-cigarette health effects because there are many different types. “We just don’t know what’s in them, and we don’t know how much of what’s in them would get out into the environment — but the assumption would be that it would,” he told NPR.

Every company seems to be handling e-cigarettes differently:
  • CVS Caremark and Lowe’s have a ban on e-cigarettes.
  • Exxon Mobil and General Motors allow e-cigarettes in designated smoking areas.
  • Both Kraft and Walgreens allow their local managers to determine rules.
  • Levi Strauss makes their employees go outside.
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