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OSU regents ban e-cigarettes, vapor devices, hookahs from Stillwater campus

The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges voted Friday to prohibit “hookahs, electronic cigarettes, vapor devices, and clove cigarettes” from the Stillwater campus.
by Kathryn McNutt Modified: December 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm •  Published: December 7, 2013

The OSU Student Government Association has supported the ban in a resolution.

Student Senate Chairman Donnie Joe Worth said it's the Senate's viewpoint that using e-cigarettes in buildings and classrooms is disrespectful and causes a distraction to both students and faculty.

Without clear guidelines, faculty and staff didn't know how to address it, said Worth, a senior chemical engineering major from Tahlequah.

“I don't see it as being distracting or disrespectful. Most people who use these are respectful of others,” music professor Todd Malicoate said.

Malicoate said the ban is unnecessary.

“I don't believe the reasons for bringing the ban are honest,” he said. “It's very clear they are safe.”

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

UCO's tobacco policy 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.