Posted by Sean Edmondson, Digital Content Producer - email
With the increase in use of electronic cigarettes the University of Indiana is reminding people that its tobacco-free policy includes e-cigs.
This past summer, USI celebrated its second anniversary as a tobacco-free campus.
With the implementation of the policy on July 1, 2011, smoking and the use of other tobacco products are not permitted except in personal vehicles and, for those in student housing, in designated outdoor spaces in the apartment and residence halls areas.
The policy applies to all University-owned, -operated, and -leased property and vehicles.
Recently, the use of e-cigarettes (or electronic cigarettes) has generated several questions. E-cigarettes are devices that use a heating element to vaporize a liquid solution including nicotine and/or flavored vapor and often are designed to mimic traditional cigarettes or cigars. The use of e-cigarettes is addressed in the FAQs of the Tobacco-Free USI website.
The answer to the question: "Is the use of e-cigarettes permitted on campus?" is:
No. The safety of these devices is in question and U.S. courts have treated them as tobacco products. As it can be difficult from any distance to know if an individual is using one of these devices or smoking, their use violates the spirit of a tobacco-free policy.
According to American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, as of July 8, 2013, more than 1,178 U.S. colleges and universities have enacted smoke-/tobacco-free policies that eliminate smoking in indoor and outdoor areas across the entire campus, including residences.