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Electronic Cigarettes - Health Care Occupancy

What are the requirements for electronic cigarettes?

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The Joint Commission environment of care standard prohibits smoking, in all buildings.  The scope of this element of performance prohibits all smoking regardless of type; tobacco, electronic, or other.

Smoking is a source of ignition regardless of the type, electronic smoking devices contain a heating element to develop the smoke or vapor.  Additionally, electronic cigarettes typically contain lithium batteries which can pose a fire hazard.

The Joint Commission standards provide provisions for allowing smoking in specific circumstances, which may include a designated smoking room with appropriate exhaust and fire safety features that are physically separated from patient care, treatment and service areas. 

Additional Resources:
LS.02.01.70 EP 1 and EP 2
Last updated on March 26, 2021
Manual: Hospital and Hospital Clinics
Chapter: Environment of Care EC

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