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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


Friday, January 11, 2019

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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