Advice on e-Cigarettes and the Workplace

Smoking indoors is making a comeback through the use of e-cigarettes. Although
they mimic the look and feel of a cigarette, these electronic devices vaporise
a solution instead of burning tobacco.

The solution may be composed of various amounts of nicotine, propylene glycol,
and other chemicals, some of which may be harmful. A recent feature published
by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) summarises
the most recent findings on health risks linked to e-cigarettes and workplace

While e-Cigarettes technically do not emit smoke, they do release a vapour into
the air. Several substances have been detected in the vapour from e-cigarettes,
including nicotine, propylene glycol, flavourings and heavy metal traces. Many
jurisdictions do not have specific legislation that deals with indoor air
quality issues. In the absence of such legislation, the "general duty clause"
applies. This clause states that an employer must provide a safe and healthy
workplace. Thus, making sure the air is of good quality is the employer's duty.

Further Information - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety