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SIUE policy says e-cigarettes same as tobacco

EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois University's Edwardsville campus has decided to put electronic cigarettes in the same category as regular cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products.

That means e-cigarette users will have to be at least 15 feet away from building entrances and follow other guidelines.

E-cigarettes are metal or plastic battery-powered devices resembling traditional cigarettes that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating a vapor that users inhale.

SIUE spokesman Doug McIlhagga tells the Belleville News-Democrat that the school decided to clarify its policy on e-cigarettes. He says administrators decided that they don't have evidence that the vapors from e-cigarettes are safe.

SIUE student government president Alexa Hillery says she supports the university's decision.

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