Electronic cigarettes are the new fad among smokers. They allow nicotine to enter into the body without the added harm of tobacco. Another plus: They can be smoked inside.
At least that was their selling point. They could be smoked virtually anywhere a no smoking sign was present: restaurants, offices, even airplanes. Blu electronic cigarette’s website states, “It can be smoked in bars, restaurants, planes … and offices and other places where normal smoking bans are in effect.”
However, this is not necessarily true. E-cigarettes have been banned on many airlines, such as JetBlue, United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.
JetBlue considers the electronic cigarette to be “a nuisance item as small amounts of vapor are expelled from the cigarette.” The claim made by Blu is debunked — you cannot smoke them anywhere.
And so, my question then is, if they cannot be smoked in an airplane, where they are considered to be a nuisance, why are they allowed to be smoked in UA classrooms?
I am not sure of the UA’s policy on electronic cigarettes, but if it is against their usage, it is surely not being enforced.
There have been so many instances where I have been taking notes in class, and the student next to me is just puff-puff-puffing away at their little steam machine. I have come to find it rather distracting.
The Associated Students of the University of Arizona didn’t vote in support of the Student Health Advocacy Committee’s tobacco-free campus initiative, but perhaps there is a line that is being crossed when students can smoke in their classrooms and during their classes.
Either way, it’s a growing problem that definitely needs to be addressed.