E-Cigs to Be Restricted at Los Angeles Harbor College

Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District voted unanimously to restrict the activity, referred to as "vaping," the same way they do tobacco smoking on campus.

E-cigarettes will be allowed in just a few places at Los Angeles Harbor College. Patch file photo.
E-cigarettes will be allowed in just a few places at Los Angeles Harbor College. Patch file photo.

The Los Angeles Community College District added its nine campuses -- including Los Angeles Harbor College -- to the growing list of places in the Los Angeles area where electronic cigarette use is restricted, district officials said today.

The district's board of trustees last week voted unanimously to restrict the activity, referred to as "vaping," the same way it does tobacco smoking on campus -- by limiting it to a maximum of four places per campus.

LACCD spokesman Steve Springer said the areas where vaping and smoking are allowed varies at each campus.

The district's non-smoking policy, which was amended to apply to "comparable, personal, vapor-generating devices," went into effect immediately following the board's vote, Springer said.

Board vice president Scott Svonkin, who proposed the change, described e- cigarette use as a "public health crisis" and a "growing epidemic among young people."

"This action will limit the exposure of the students, faculty and staff on our campuses to these cigarettes," he said. "No one should be forced to breathe the vapor e-cigarettes emit. We are proud to lead the effort to protect those we serve."

Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that allow its users to inhale nicotine-laced liquid as vapor.

The Los Angeles City Council this month voted to prohibit "vaping" at restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces, with officials saying there is not enough data available to determine if the chemicals in the liquids are harmful to those who breathe in the vapors second-hand.

--City News Service

Alissa Miyamoto March 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM
It's very foolish for school officials to limit this and treat it as smoking real cigarettes when it's SUCH a better alternative that should be praised instead of shunned since it is better for the environment and does not contribute to second hand smoking
Wendy Graves March 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM
I wholeheartedly support this action against Ecigs. As a recently-quit-very-long-time smoker, I personally don't want to have to breathe in anymore nicotine which is what makes you addicted, nor should others have to be subjected to the involuntary ingestion of it and God knows whatever else is in it! Also, apparently, it's not known what the long-term effects of using Ecigs is down the line. I feel it's just WRONG to have to involuntarily ingest anything other than good ole fresh clean air, to begin with, period!!
Alissa Miyamoto May 13, 2014 at 11:48 PM
@wendy graves... you are obviously not very well educated on the subject since you seem to think what you are inhaling is nicotine. There is obviously no way people will stop all kinds of smoking but I would prefer ecigs so im not breathing in rat poison and other horrible chemicals that cause lung cancer unlike those fumes from ecigs


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