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Wis. colleges dealing with e-cigarettes

Wis. colleges dealing with e-cigarettes

By Associated Press. CREATED Oct 18, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- College campuses across Wisconsin are grappling with electronic cigarettes, a relatively new product that more young people are trying and using.

In 2010, University of Wisconsin-Stout banned tobacco, but not e-cigarettes.

UW-Stout communications director Doug Mell also chairs a campus committee on tobacco-free policies. Mell tells Wisconsin Public Radio, "We're pretty much in limbo on this issue right now."

E-cigarettes are banned at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The school declared the campus tobacco-free in July.

Blake Fry, special assistant to the chancellor, says the decision to ban e-cigarettes was influenced in part by the lack of data on long-term health effects of inhaling nicotine vapor from the battery-powered device.

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Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org