Everybody in our office is still working at home due to COVID.
The other day, I had a Zoom call with several people in the organization. Not thinking about it, I was smoking a cigarette while my video was on. Somebody joked about it, and I apologized and put out the cigarette.
Today, I got a formal notice from HR that I was receiving a citation for smoking in the office. They emphasized that the company has a strict tobacco free policy. They also attached a long list of all of the health consequences of smoking (which of course, I'm already aware of).
I called HR and asked for clarification, because I was not in the office. In fact, I've started this job recently and have NEVER been in the office. They said that because everybody is working from home, my home counts as my office while I'm working.
Is this actually a thing? Can a company really get me in trouble for this? It's not like I was drunk on the job; I was merely smoking a cigarette from my own home while on a work call.