Workplace vaping (E-cigarettes) is common – and co-workers don’t like it.
That’s according to research by the Truth Initiative, a nonprofit public health organization committed to ending tobacco use and nicotine addiction that surveyed more than 1,600 full-time employees from organizations with at least 150 workers.
E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.
The survey found that 62% of the respondents have seen co-workers vaping on the job, and nearly 58% said their co-workers vape while conducting business or in other people’s workspaces.
About 63% are bothered by workplace vaping.
The CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a national outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury.
According to the CDC:
- E-cigarettes have the potential to benefit adults who smoke and who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products;
- E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant adults, as well as adults who do not currently use tobacco products;
- While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective in helping adults quit smoking;
- If you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don’t start; and
- Additional research can help understand long-term health effects.
The CDC states that adults using nicotine-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products as an alternative to cigarettes should not go back to smoking; they should weigh all available information and consider using FDA-approved smoking cessation medicationsexternal icon.
If they choose to use e-cigarettes as an alternative to cigarettes, they should completely switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes and not partake in an extended period of dual use of both products that delay quitting smoking completely.
They should contact their healthcare professional if they need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, as well as if they have concerns about EVALI.