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UW colleges considering e-cigarette policies

UW colleges considering e-cigarette policies

By The Associated Press. CREATED Oct 19, 2013

MADISON - Wisconsin colleges are trying to figure out how to deal with electronic cigarettes, which resemble traditional cigarettes but emit vapor instead of smoke.

A Wisconsin Public Radio report (http://bit.ly/19R1n7F ) says 16 Wisconsin colleges and universities have smoke-free policies. But there's come confusion about whether to apply those policies to e-cigarettes.

The University of Wisconsin-Stout has banned tobacco but not e-cigarettes. Communications director Doug Mell says even if the school pursued a new policy, it wouldn't apply until students had a chance to vote on it in April. He says the school is "in limbo" right now.

UW-River Falls declared its campus tobacco-free in July, a ban that included e-cigarettes. School spokesman Blake Fry says there's uncertainty about what's in the vapor, and that lack of information influenced its decision.