Univ. of Iowa discusses electronic cigarette ban

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Faculty and administrators at the University of Iowa are discussing whether to ban electronic cigarettes on the campus.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/19gYWe0 ) members of the university’s Faculty Council on Tuesday discussed whether the increasingly popular battery-powered cigarettes should be included in a campus-wide smoking ban.

The university president’s office has assigned Human Resources Services director Joan Troester to gather comments about the matter. She notes e-cigarettes weren’t readily available when the university outlawed smoking on campus in conjunction with the state’s Smoke Free Air Act in 2008, so the rules don’t address e-cigarettes.

The devices deliver nicotine through water vapor.

Some council members say the university should discourage all kinds of cigarettes, but others say the ban was aimed at secondhand smoke, which isn’t an issue with e-cigarettes.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/

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