Vaping prohibited in all workplaces

  • In this April 10, 2018, file photo, a high school principal displays vaping devices that were confiscated from students in such places as restrooms or hallways at a school in Massachusetts. The U.S. surgeon general says swift action is needed to prevent millions of teenagers and adolescents from becoming hooked on Juul and other high-nicotine electronic cigarettes. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Tuesday, Dec. 18, that parents, teachers and physicians must take aggressive steps to address an epidemic of underage vaping. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) Steven Senne

Published: 1/11/2019 10:00:04 PM

As of Dec. 31, the use of vaping products has been prohibited in all Massachusetts workplaces, schools, restaurants, bars and taxis that are subject to the state’s 2004 Smoke-Free Workplace Law.  

Vaping products are electronic nicotine delivery systems that include e-cigarettes, vape pens, e-hookahs, tanks, mods, JUULs and more.

The Massachusetts Smoke-Free Workplace Law protects employees and the public from secondhand smoke. By adding a prohibition against the use of vaping products in all public places covered by the Smoke-Free Workplace Law, the legislation recognizes that, according the United States Surgeon General, the aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless.

The aerosol from vaping can contain harmful and potentially harmful chemicals, including nicotine; ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin and lead.

To learn more about vaping, including what products look like, visit GetOutraged.org,   

To report a complaint or concern about secondhand smoke or vape aerosol exposure, visithttps://bit.ly/2RePdFL or call the Department of Public Health’s toll-free anonymous Smoke-Free Workplace Law complaint line at (800) 992-1895.  ’

Learn more by contacting Tina Grosowsky, Project Coordinator at the Central MA Tobacco Free Community Partnership, 508-856-5067 or tina.grosowsky@umassmed.edu.


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