NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Newport News Shipbuilding officials are banning electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices on company property.
Officials told 10 On Your Side the ban began on Monday, October 7. They say the new policy is the result of the “increased volume of vaping both inside and outside the shipyard and the heightened awareness of fire prevention in and around critical infrastructure and equipment.”
The decision, officials said, also aligns with their Navy customer that implemented the same policy prohibiting vaping devices and e-cigarettes on their ships.
Newport News Shipbuilding recognized the impact the new policy will have on their employees who use these products. The company offers several no cost and low-cost tobacco cessation programs to help employees stop smoking.