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SOU Restricts E-Cigarette Use

e-cigarette banASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon University is placing new restrictions on electronic cigarette use.

E-cigarettes will now face the same restrictions as traditional cigarettes.  Students will not be allowed to smoke them indoors or within 15 feet of any campus building.  They will also be prohibited in campus vehicles, and in designated areas.

Students have a variety of opinions on the issue.

“I don’t know, I mean I don’t smoke… I don’t really know anybody that smokes, so it doesn’t really effect  me,” said Whitney Graham, a freshman at SOU.

Other students said they think SOU is getting to antsy by banning e-cigarettes before studies come out showing the personal and environmental effects.

“There is no second hand smoke issue, so it seems a little inappropriate to make a ban already,” said Dante Fumagalli, SOU student.

SOU is following in the footsteps of the University of Oregon that went completely smoke free in 2012.