The regulations for vaping on campus may be hazy to some students and faculty
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“Consumers might have a cloudy understanding of the health effects of vaping.” Illustration published on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.
By Sean Noudali | 5 hours ago
Many ASU students have likely experienced the sensation of walking through a conspicuously fruity “vape” cloud.
Regardless of whether students view e-cigarettes as a fad or as a tobacco alternative, some students are unaware of where vaporizers stand in terms of campus rules.
ASU, like many universities nationwide, became tobacco-free in 2013. But e-cigarettes are a different story.
Joe Sanchez, manager of the ASU Tobacco-Free Initiative (ASUTFI), said that while all tobacco-containing products are prohibited on campus, e-cigarettes, which do not contain tobacco (but may contain nicotine), are approved for outdoor use on all ASU properties.
According to ASUTFI, products like e-cigarettes, nicotine gum and patches are currently permitted. Even though ASU is tobacco-free, nicotine is fair game.
“We can’t dictate to folks that you cannot smoke because it’s dangerous to your health, but we can make ASU a safe and secure community for those who don’t smoke,” Sanchez said. “One of our main premises is that second-hand smoke does affect people.”
This creates an issue for campus e-cigarette users, as it is currently unclear if second-hand vapor is harmful to bystanders.
Sanchez said he would support a no-vaping policy due to their potential health hazards, but added that without necessary data, changes won’t happen.
As a result of the prohibitive regulations on this kind of research in the U.S., there is just as little data about the health consequences of vapor as there is about the use of e-cigarettes as an anti-smoking aid.
“I am personally an advocate of no vaporizers