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Oklahoma State University delays proposed e-cigarette ban

by Silas Allen Modified: October 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm •  Published: October 25, 2013

— Oklahoma State University officials are delaying a proposal to ban e-cigarettes on campus.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, university officials said the proposal didn't go through “normal processes” before being included on the agenda for Friday's meeting of the Board of Regents for OSU and the A&M Colleges.

University officials will continue to review OSU's campus tobacco policy, according to the statement. Officials may bring changes to the policy before the board at its December meeting.

OSU officials had planned to propose changes to the university's campus tobacco policy that would have banned e-cigarettes and other products, including hookahs and clove cigarettes. E-cigarettes are a smokeless way to ingest nicotine, although some users choose products without nicotine. Instead of smoke, the devices emit vapor.

OSU implemented its existing tobacco policy in 2007. That policy bans the use of tobacco anywhere on campus, but doesn't mention e-cigarettes.

University officials considered including e-cigarettes in that policy in 2007, but didn't have enough information to make a decision at the time, OSU spokesman Gary Shutt said.

An e-cigarette ban already is in place at the University of Central Oklahoma.

UCO's tobacco policy also includes “simulated tobacco products that imitate or mimic tobacco products.”

The University of Oklahoma's campus tobacco policy bans cigarettes anywhere on campus, but allows e-cigarettes outdoors.

Ohio State University plans to ban e-cigarettes as a part of its new tobacco-free policy, which goes into effect in January. Officials at the University of Iowa are considering a similar ban.

The board meets at 10 a.m. Friday in Room 412 in OSU's Student Union in Stillwater.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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