USPS: smoking ban includes electronic cigarettes

The USPS has revised the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) to clarify that the ban on smoking includes electronic cigarettes:

ELM Revision: Smoking

Effective May 15, 2014, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) subchapter 880 to clarify the definition of smoking.

Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM)

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8 Safety, Health, and Environment

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880 Smoking

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881 Definition

[Revise the text of 881 to read as follows:]

Smoking is defined as having a lighted or activated electronic cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other smoking material.

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ELM 882.1 says

Smoking is strictly prohibited in all buildings or office space (including service lobbies) owned or leased by the U.S. Postal Service. There will be no indoor smoking permitted by any occupant of such space. Local managers, with input from employee representatives, may decide whether or not to permit smoking in designated outdoor locations on Postal Service property.

USPS Employee and Labor Relations Manual

  • dauchund

    More Micro Management

  • Brett

    So stupid

  • Keith Hoyle

    Being a postal employee, I had hoped that the USPS would not follow suit of the other idiots that are making decisions on electronic cigarettes with no science to back it up. All the science thus far shows that e-cigs pose no harm to anyone from secondhand vapor. But then again, the postal service is a puppet of the US government so it stands to reason they would bow down to the stupidity. How about growing a pair and taking care of your employees for a change.