Employees bullied or fired for vaping at work, study claims – Sky News

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Dozens of people say they have been fired, bullied and discriminated against due to their vaping habit, according to a study by an e-cigarette firm.

After speaking to about 2,000 vapers, online retailer E-Cigarette Direct said that one in five experienced negative reactions from colleagues due to their vaping, with 44 reporting bullying and 13 saying they were fired.

James Dunworth, chairman of the firm, said: “It is quite shocking to learn people have actually lost their jobs due to vaping.”

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James Dunworth, chairman of E-Cigarette Direct said he was shocked people have lost their jobs due to vaping . Pic Credit: E-Cigarette Direct

He expressed concern over individuals’ “health and happiness” in the workplace, adding: “We spend at least a third of our waking lives at work.”

The study follows a government announcement that England may become the first country to prescribe e-cigarettes.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) updated its guidelines last month, opening the door for medicinally licensed e-cigarette products to be prescribed to those looking to quit smoking.

Vaping indoors is legal, but the study found that that found 75% of vapers are not allowed to vape at work, unless in dedicated smoking areas.

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E-Cigarette Direct said this contradicts the Public Health England guidance that “vapers should not be required to use the same space as smokers, as this could undermine their ability to quit smoking and stay smoke-free”.

Half of those surveyed by the firm said they preferred to work from home due to vaping restrictions at work and 40% said they would be more likely to stay in a role if they were allowed to vape in the office.

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned against the health risks of vaping

E-cigarettes and vaping has faced criticism, including from World Health Organisation director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who called it “highly addictive” and “harmful”.

He added: “Governments should adopt appropriate policies to protect their populations from the harms of electronic nicotine delivery systems.”

The study recommended that employers distinguish smoking from vaping in their policy and provide separate areas to smoke to reduce the chance of staff relapsing to smoking.

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