Employers should develop policies that encourage smokers to switch to vaping, according to members of parliament.
The comments were made by members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Vaping (APPGV).
As well as allowing e-cigarette users to vape outdoors, employers should consider introducing indoor vaping areas, the group of MPs suggested.
APPGV chairman Mark Pawsey said it was important to correct the false impression that ‘passive vaping’ is as dangerous as passive smoking:
“Indeed, this lack of understanding was very evident in Parliament itself, a place many will look to for an example. There are only two designated vaping locations, and despite being a member for eight years, I still have no idea where either of these locations are.”
The Parliamentary Estate will be adopting the APPGV’s tailored workplace vaping policy.
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) adviser, Tom Neil, said:
“E-cigarettes or vaping is not covered by the current law that applies to smoking within workplaces. So employers have the freedom to decide what policies to put in place around vaping at work.
“If employers decide to introduce a new policy around vaping, then our advice is to consult with employees or their representatives first to agree a clear policy at work.”
Dundee City Council recently came under fire for banning employees from vaping on and off-site during work hours. Forest director Simon Clark accused the council of ‘policing our lifestyle’.