Is vaping in the office a natural right or just a bad policy?


Electronic cigarettes were meant to provide a solution to one of the most serious problems the world has been facing; and that is tobacco cigarettes. E-cigs are primarily meant to help smokers quit the habit for the sake of their health. Campaign on flashing out tobacco cigarettes has registered good amount of success as of late the popularity of electronic cigarettes have risen sharply. However, with the steep increase in popularity of electronic cigarette there lies another problem. While it may be easy and justifiable to ban smoking of tobacco cigarettes in the office and in public places, it is not the same case with electronic cigarettes. Corporations are now battling with this tough question of whether to ban the use of e-cig in the offices or not. Opinion is divided and different corporations have enforced different policies regarding this matter.

Currently about twenty states have banned smoking in offices but only three out of the twenty eight have listed electronic cigarettes on the ban. This leaves a big dilemma to the rest of the cities and corporations on whether to ban smoking of e-cigs in offices. As the uncertainty continues, there are corporations who have adapted very serious anti-vaping policies. These corporations have included e-cigs on the tobacco ban and hence do not allow any kind of vaping inside or anywhere near their premises. These corporations are such like Wal-Mart, Starbucks and Target.

According to Randy Hargrove who is Wal-Mart’s spokesperson; when speaking to Forbes, electronic cigarettes are treated just like tobacco cigarettes and that is why they have been banned by this corporation. This kind of argument raises questions and when we consider the composition of the two types of cigars they are totally two different things. The main harmful substances in tobacco cigarettes are tobacco and tar. However, electronic cigarettes contain neither tobacco nor tar and furthermore no smoke at all. This only leaves us to a conclusion that the policy that Wal-Mart has adapted is too harsh and retrogressive.

Wal-Mart also provides free nicotine patches as well as gums to its employees when they want to quit smoking. By all means this is a positive move towards helping smokers quit the habits and must be applauded. Nonetheless, the main component in electronic cigarettes is nicotine and just like nicotine patches ad gums, e-cigs also helps smokers quit the habit. It is only logical that if Wal-Mart is serious in helping employees quit smoking then it should also provide free e-cigs for them and allow them to vape in the office.

Another corporation with stringent and perhaps the worst policy on electronic cigarette is from United Parcel Service (UPS). Employees who use e-cigs in this corporation face an additional charge of one hundred and fifty dollars on their monthly insurance premiums. This is a penalty that is enforced across the board for tobacco cigarette smokers and e-cigs smokers. Though it is common knowledge that the health effects associated with tobacco cigarettes do not apply to electronic cigarettes, one wonders why the same penalty should be applied to both type of smokers.

Nonetheless all is not gloomy as there are some other corporations which have vaping-friendly policies. These corporations are such like McDonalds and Ebsco Spring Company. These companies allow employees to vape in their office premises as well as stores. Ebsco Spring Company actually promotes the use of e-cigs by providing their employees with free e-cigs in an effort to help them quit smoking. This initiative has been very helpful as about half of the employees who were smokers have now stopped the habit and are now tobacco free.


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