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Some local employers, who choose to remain uninformed about vaping, have chosen to create policies that essentially force non-smokers who vape into areas with smokers. The indoor smoking ban was created to protect non-smokers from the hazards of second hand smoke.
So why are local employers forcing their non-smoking (vaping) employees to use their personal vaporizers only in areas designated for smokers? … because it looks like smoking.
I kid you not. In the age of information overload, how people can say something so idiotic with a straight face is baffling.
Let me google that for you.
Nova Scotia’s Smoke-free Places Act states: “smoke” means to smoke, hold or otherwise have control over ignited tobacco. This is neither ignited, nor is it tobacco.
Electronic cigarettes, or personal vaporizers (what we prefer to call them since they have long since ceased to look anything like a cigarette) are made up of a battery and a liquid receptacle with a heating element that warms the liquid nicotine to form a vapor that is inhaled. Not tobacco, not ignited.
A study that was released by Professor Igor Burstyn, Drexel University School of Public Health, confirms that chemicals in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) pose no health concern for users or bystanders.
One of the key conclusions states: “Even when compared to workplace standards for involuntary exposures, and using several conservative (erring on the side of caution) assumptions, the exposures from using e-cigarettes fall well below the threshold for concern for compounds with known toxicity. That is, even ignoring the benefits of e-cigarette use and the fact that the exposure is actively chosen, and even comparing to the levels that are considered unacceptable to people who are not benefiting from the exposure and do not want it, the exposures would not generate concern or call for remedial action”
I am a non-smoker, my cardiologist has confirmed this with a cool little sticker that he added to my medical file. If you force me into an area with smokers, then you are defeating the purpose of the Smoke-free places act that was designed to protect me from tobacco smoke and I am pretty sure…that would be actionable.