Friday, March 20, 2015

Germanna bans vaping on campus


If you’ve got ‘em, don’t vape ‘em.
Germanna Community College has banned “vaping” on campus.
During a meeting at the college's Stafford Automotive Center, GCC’s Local College Board voted Thursday evening to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in campus buildings and within 25 feet of entrances and exits.
Germanna President David A. Sam noted that many believe use of e-cigarettes to be healthier than tobacco, but there’s debate about whether it’s safe. Some say it's helped them quit smoking tobacco.
Dr. Jeanne Wesley, GCC’s Vice President for Workforce, told the board that there have been complaints about students vaping.
She didn’t speculate about safety, but said: “I can tell you one thing. They stink.”
A heating element powered by a battery allows e-cigarettes to atomize a flavored liquid solution that often includes nicotine, creating aerosol instead of smoke. 
According to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, 587 U.S. campuses banned vaping as of Jan. 1.
Only e-cigarettes that are marketed for therapeutic purposes are regulated by the FDA. The agency has proposed a rule that would extend its authority to cover e-cigarettes. Congressional Republicans oppose the change.
The new Germanna ban also includes clove and herbal cigarettes. A ban on tobacco smoking at GCC had already been in effect.


Anonymous said...

This is stupid. I don't even vape and I can say that they don't "stink," they don't have the negative effects of other tobacco products, and are not and have never been a problem within the walls of Germanna.

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Anonymous said...

I don't smoke, but I think this policy is a little bit too harsh. I'm not sure how I feel about "health by virtue of policy", but I can tell you that "morality by virtue of policy" has been tried and doesn't work.

Anonymous said...

It's not really stupid. It's an analog to smoking, with flavored liquids being used to vape. I agree partly, some really don't produce a smell, but others create strong smells. In the class-room and campus area, where all types of people are going to be, non-smokers shouldn't be forced to be in the same area as someone who's vaping while they're trying to learn. Having the same policy as smoking tobacco is a fair conclusion.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps "banned" is not the appropriate word here. The use of vaping devices is restricted (only used in certain locations)rather than banned (cannot be used at all at GCC). Just as tobacco and other legal "smoking" related items are restricted to certain areas of the campus, now vaping is as well. Having worked in marketing and in the media before, the use of such intense language is more to provoke the reader than to accurately report facts or convey accurate information. All in all the condition of the restrooms pose a greater health threat than smoking, vaping etc. Perhaps we should address that before we have to resort to more drastic measures that I am pretty sure would truly banned.

Eric Hittle said...

Studies have shown that secondhand vape inhalation poses virtually no harm to bystanders. Now people that vape are being discriminated despite replacing a bad habit. Vaping makes the air smell better, with flavors like drinks, fruits, desserts, and candy. Don't hate on vaping, read the studies.

Anonymous said...

I think I want my air to smell of air, not candy!

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