How strange - this has come up as a
query for me in the last couple of weeks. We have employees who have stopped
smoking by using these, we have a smoking policy which prohibits smoking on
site, this has been in place for some years. We have also provided NRT in the
past. . A query came in about whether these e-cigarettes could be utilised
at work, and whether we might supply as part of health promotion initiative.
I passed it up the food chain for
comment - I believe the response was that there are NICE guidelines re smoking
cessation and that is the party line, 9and we no longer provide , we did it in
conjunction with new policy as a suppot mechanism) therefore these
cigatrettes would not be supplied/recommended. It was also felt that there
was no obvious benefit (and maybe a retrograde step?) in allowing people
to use such items at work when there was an established smoking policy
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[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tim Ellis
15 June 2011 16:07
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[OCC-HEALTH] Electronic Cigarettes in the work place
member of staff has raised an enquiry about the use of e-cigarettes at work. For
those that don’t know, they look like ordinary cigarettes but are (usually)
plastic, contain nicotine and emit a “vapour” which is reportedly harmless (by
manufacturers) but it appears this is currently unproven. I must admit it had me
stumped for a minute, I have approached my local NHS smoking cessation team for
a view but was wondering if anyone on the list had a view or experiences about
these things in their workplace, in particular in relation to smoking policy?
Ellis RN, SPCHN (OH), PgDip OH
Occupational Health Department
Herbert Building (EHB)
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