Smoking in workplaces has been prohibited in England since July 2007- but vaping with e-cigarettes is not covered by the law. Employers can therefore decide whether or not to allow vaping in their workplace. Ideally employers should have a clear policy setting out their position on e-cigarettes which is agreed with any employee representatives and clearly communicated to all staff. An employer may decide to allow the use of e-cigarettes (in certain places and at certain time) or ban their use in the same way as ordinary cigarettes.
As a relatively new innovation, vaping has caused controversy with conflicting evidence about the positive and negative health effects. It might therefore not be easy for employers to decide what their policy in this area should be. Public Health England has recently published some guidance which considers the latest evidence to help employers formulate their vaping policies.