Today we look at an issue which is affecting more and more people, whether the e-cig should be used in the office, the bar or restricted to special areas. Especially with upcoming events like Christmas, the question about whether the e-cig should be treated like a normal cigarette is becoming increasingly important.

The person sitting next to you at work started using an e-cigarette at their desk, would you challenge them?

The use of e-cigarettes has again become a hot topic after it was reported that ministers in France were planning to ban their use in public places.

Some UK employers have already taken a stand. A few years ago, the insurer Standard Life banned the use of e-cigarettes at the desks of its 5,500 staff. Councils in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and Cheshire East seem ready to outlaw the electronic cigarette too. Cheshire East Council is worried about "the use of e-cigarettes … in council offices and other locations, and this is causing concern among staff". The council wants to ban e-cigs in all of its premises and vehicles.

Normal smoking in enclosed or substantially enclosed public places, including the workplace, is banned under the Health Act 2006 and associated regulations. The ban includes manufactured and hand-rolled cigarettes, pipes and cigars, But not e-cigarettes.

Here at SMOKO we think this whole issue shows how the law and people’s perception of the e-cig in the UK is still firmly on the side if the e cig being just another form of cigarette. We encourage people to make the switch to us from cigarettes, but an e-cigarette isn’t just a slightly better way of smoking, it is a whole new way of getting nicotine, enjoying the flavour without harming anyone yourself or anyone else. After all a study came out that the vapour from an e-cigarette contained so little nicotine a bystander would have to stay next to a e-cigarette users over 8 hours to consume 0.008 of a cigarette.

It seems odd then that businesses are trying to ban them from the office, as it only forces these people who have made the switch to a healthier way to be classified as the same as a smoker. It mean workers have to stop work for 10 minutes instead of working, and not for any medical reason, but because someone might be uncomfortable. And on a slightly less serious note, does anyone really want to work someone who is craving nicotine? Why should people with e-cigarettes be forced out of bars and miss big moments because it could be confused for a cigarette by someone?

Would it not be much more profitable and easier for a business to let e-cigs carry on, and if someone gets uncomfortable make sure that they know that there is no smoke, just vapour and so there is no second-hand smoke. There is no smell either in the air or on the person they share an office with. Education of what the e-cig is and what it can do could save so much time, and more importantly save lives as if we continue push the “vapers” in with the smokers all we are doing is pushing them back to old habits.

What do you think? Drop us a comment to tell us if you support banning the e-cig in the public places and if you want to make the switch to e-cig's go to our website and try one of our E-cigarette starter kits.


We are so sure you will love SMOKO, you can try a SMOKO E-Cigarette Starter Kit for FREE* (simply pay the UK Postage and Packaging) – CLICK HERE to get your E-Cigarette Starter Kit FREE!

About SMOKO Premium E-Cigarettes

SMOKO Premium Electronic Cigarettes is the UK’s leading brand of e-cigarettes.  Since starting over 4 years ago, SMOKO has helped prevent over 85,000,000 cigarettes being smoked and have helped our customers save over £32,500,000 in extra disposable income.

SMOKO E-Cigarettes contain only the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that are all Made in the UK – whereas the majority of e-cigarette brands sold in grocery and convenience stores, petrol stations and on-line use Chinese-made ingredients.

SMOKO Electronic Cigarettes contain only 4 ingredients vs. the 4,000 chemicals and 50 known carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes.

SMOKO – Amazing flavour, realistic smoking sensation and quality you can trust.



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