E-Cigarettes Prohibited in State BuildingsPosted on Feb 4, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are prohibited in all state government buildings under the jurisdiction of the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS). This policy went into effect in October 2014 and is part of the State of Hawaii’s commitment to keep workplaces and public locations smoke-free. The policy sets the tone for private sector employers and others in the community to follow.
Based on various tests, vapors or aerosols emitted from e-cigarettes contain nicotine and other carcinogens and toxic chemicals that are just as harmful as those in secondhand smoke of regular combustible cigarettes. Contrary to some claims, e-cigarettes are not healthier than regular cigarettes for users or those surrounding them.
The policy is mirrors the Hawaii Smoke-Free Workplace and Public Places Law, which went into effect in November 2006. The law and state policy prohibit e-cigarette and traditional tobacco smoking in places open to the public and places of employment. This means e-cigarettes are prohibited from use in any enclosed or partially enclosed area such as offices, lobbies, lanai, interior courtyards, patios, covered walkways, and 20 feet from entrances, exits, windows that can be opened and ventilation intakes that serve enclosed or partially enclosed area. For additional information on the laws and policies for a smoke free environment visit, click here.