An e-cigarette, or electronic cigarette looks like a real cigarette, but it doesn’t produce smoke. Instead, the device simulates the act of smoking by electronically vaporizing a solution that usually contains nicotine. Although e-cigarettes are promoted as an alternative to tobacco smoking, they are not currently regulated by the Federal Drug Administration so exact health effects are unknown, and they have not been tested for safety or efficacy.
The MGH smoking policy prohibits smoking of any kind inside or on the grounds of all buildings owned, occupied or under control of the MGH. E-cigarettes fall under that policy and are not allowed on the MGH campus except in the designated smoking shelters. On the main campus, those shelters are located on North Grove and Blossom streets. At off-site MGH locations, individuals should adhere to the building’s smoking policy. All MGH employees are responsible for enforcing the hospital smoking policy. For additional information on the MGH smoking policy or help with quitting smoking, contact the MGH Tobacco Treatment Service at 617-726-7443.
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