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E-cigarettes now included under university smoking policy

Submitted by on 2014/11/26 – 8:30 am

Now, in addition to cigarettes, cigars, and all other smoking devices, the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) on university campuses has been restricted to existing designated smoking areas. This restriction is in place following the Board of Governors’ recent approval of updates to the university’s smoking policy, D5090.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that have cartridges with liquid chemicals in them. Heat from a battery-powered atomizer turns the chemicals into a vapour that is inhaled by the user.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) states that because there are no quality controls for the chemicals in the cartridges, it’s hard to know what e-cigarette users and people nearby are breathing in. Health Canada also advises not to use e-cigarettes.

Security Services advises that the revised smoking policy is now in effect and that the use of any type of smoking device will be restricted to designated smoking areas. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact campussecurity@macewan.ca.

For more information on e-cigarettes, visit the AHS website.