UA could add electronic cigarettes to current tobacco policy

UA could add electronic cigarettes to current tobacco policy

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson News Now spoke with University of Arizona officials on Monday, Sept. 5 and they are saying a proposed policy would mean e-cigs would be added to the list of tobacco and nicotine products that are not allowed anywhere on campus.

The current smoking and tobacco policy was proposed back in 2014, and it initially included an e-cig ban.  But after feedback from students, employees and visitors, the university agreed to allow a limited use until a task force could look into their health effects.

The task force studied policies at other universities and large employers, as well as e-cig use among college students, and if they help users to quit smoking before coming to the new recommendation.

Some e-cig users on campus tell us this policy wouldn't change much for them, while some say they don't think it's necessary.

"It's not as bad for you as smoking cigarettes so it is definitely a much healthier option," said Lindsey Russ, UA student and e-cig user. "I think it's just annoying and pointless. Seems like a waste of time for me."

The U of A is looking for feedback from university members and the general public.  You can provide feedback by clicking here.

A final recommendation will head to President Ann Weaver Hart for review.

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