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E-cigarettes included in University of California smoking ban

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:05 a.m. HST, Nov 05, 2013

BERKELEY, Calif. >> University of California officials are reminding students and faculty that the system wide smoking ban going into effect next year includes electronic cigarettes.

Josh Moskowitz, a member of the UC committee that wrote the smoking ban, tells the Oakland Tribune (http://bit.ly/1cJbFIs ) that questions about the long term health effects of e-cigarettes led officials to include them in the ban.

Backers claim electronic cigarettes, which heat a flavored liquid until it produces a vapor, but no smoke, are safer than traditional smokes.

The newspaper says about 10 percent of UC employees smoke cigarettes, and 8 percent of students smoke.

It's unclear how many on UC campuses use the new electronic cigarettes.

All 10 schools in the system will go tobacco-free by Jan. 2. The ban also includes smokeless tobacco, or chew.

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HanabataDays wrote:
E-cigs "heat a flavored liquid until it produces a vapor, but no smoke". VAPOR, OR SO THEY SAY. Every e-cig I've seen, calling the result "a vapor" is deceptive. It looks like smoke, it acts like smoke. It must be hotter than air temp, because nicotine doesn't even vaporize until at least 200 degrees F. Call it what you want, it's smoke by any other name and on that basis e-cigs should be treated the same as regular cigs.
on November 5,2013 | 06:38AM
false wrote:
Ah but the vapor doesn't smell like smoke, in fact it's almost odorless. The stink of smoke is what turns many away from smokers. They could care less whether the smoker eventually get cancer, that's their own fault. Till it's proven that Ecigs have harmful effects, it should not be included in the ban.
on November 5,2013 | 09:09AM
jtamura69 wrote:
You're right. People always condemn things before they get all the facts.
on November 5,2013 | 12:08PM
bluemountain wrote:
January 1, 2014...UH Manoa will have the same policy.
on November 5,2013 | 07:47AM
aomohoa wrote:
This is a very good thing!
on November 5,2013 | 08:08AM
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