There seems to be a good deal of confusion about whether e-cigarettes are a good thing or a bad thing. What does the smoke-free law say about them, how should employers react towards them in the workplace, and what effect will the new EU directive have?

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There seems to be a good deal of confusion about whether e-cigarettes are a good thing or a bad thing. What does the smoke-free law say about them, how should employers react towards them in the workplace, and what effect will the new EU directive have?

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Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes certainly have been controversial since they were introduced.

E-cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine into the lungs. Many are made to look and feel like cigarettes, satisfying similar needs. However, they are not cigarettes, do not contain tobacco and do not produce smoke. Using them is therefore, in legal terms, not smoking and smoke-free legislation does not apply.

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