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E-cigarettes included in University of California smoking ban

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:05 a.m. HST, Nov 5, 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 ( ) 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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