OSU prohibits e-cigarettes on campus

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Updated: 12/06/2013 2:13 pm Published: 12/06/2013 2:10 pm

The OSU/A&M Board of Regents approved an update in Oklahoma State University's tobacco use policy today that will prohibit the use of e-cigarettes on the Stillwater campus.

OSU's revised Tobacco Use and Smoking Preparation Use in or on University Property policy creates a tobacco-free environment and smoking preparations now "include but are not limited to hookahs, electronic cigarettes, vapor devices, and clove cigarettes."

"Oklahoma State was a leader in establishing a tobacco-free campus so this revision is consistent with our health and wellness efforts," said Dr. Suzy Harrington, chief wellness officer. "To protect the health of OSU faculty, staff and students these products should be prohibited until more research on their safety has been completed."

Harrington discussed the revision broadly, presenting it to Faculty Council, the Student Government Association, the Staff Advisory Council and the Dean's Council.

In a resolution supporting the change in policy, the OSU Student Government Association said "the use of electronic cigarettes in the classroom setting is distracting and compromises the learning process."

State health officials, including Oklahoma Health Commissioner Terry Cline, have spoken out in favor of banning the use of electronic cigarettes, which are not regulated and have seen steady growth in use by teenagers.

The revised policy takes effect immediately on OSU's Stillwater campus.

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Unwashed Mass - 12/8/2013 11:28 AM
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This will be overturned because nicotine vapor is not a "tobacco product"

Todd Malicoate - 12/7/2013 3:02 AM
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In short, the OSU vaping ban comes across as a simple case of someone disliking smoking so much that they constantly harass the administration about any behavior that might even remind them that smoking even exists. The administration writes a policy to get them to shut up. That is the worst possible way to make policy. It's lazy and an abrogation of the sober responsibility one should consider when writing rules that will have an effect on everyone in the community. Also, colleges look very silly passing policies they proclaim are all about "protecting student health" while filling their Student Union with no end of fast food joints and junk food vending machines in order to get a cut of the corporate dollars.

Todd Malicoate - 12/7/2013 3:01 AM
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What a horrible decision. The Drexel study from a couple of months ago establishes clearly that these devices pose NO health risks to bystanders. And to the SGA...distracting? Are you really going to ban everything that might be "distracting" in the classroom? You can start with those smartphones. Sheesh.
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