Wednesday, July 31, 2013
So much for workplace smoking bans? E-cigarettes, vaper policies and its impact on healthcare
BY Terry Evans
FORT WORTH -- Chris Putnam lights up at his desk several times a day. And, surprisingly enough, nobody seems to care.
"We can pretty much do it anywhere we want," said Putnam, who is allowed to smoke electronic cigarettes while he handles phone and front-counter sales for XL Parts in Fort Worth.
By being allowed to use the e-cigarettes inside the workplace, Putnam and his co-workers at the auto parts distribution company who also use the devices say they get more work done. They are commonly known as "vapers."
It's difficult to tell how many employers are pro-vaping, said [Dr.] Carl V. Phillips, a spokesman for Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association.
Unfortunately, there's "an enormous amount of political pressure to shut down the freedom of e-cigarattes that has nothing to do with anything legitimate," he said.
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