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Precautionary Approach Sought for Workplace Vaping

Jan. 4, 2016, 5:00 AM

Health and safety advocates are urging a ban on e-cigarettes at work until they can be proven safe, for both users and those who would inhale second-hand chemicals.

The need is especially acute because the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration appears unlikely to regulate e-cigarettes anytime soon, they say.

The vaping industry has long insisted that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to regular ones. But those claims don’t satisfy many health and safety advocates.

“I would be very wary of calling it safe until we have seen long-term studies on health effects,” Liz Borkowski, senior research scientist at ...

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