UW colleges considering e-cigarette policies
MADISON — Wisconsin colleges are trying to figure out how to deal with electronic cigarettes, which resemble traditional cigarettes but emit vapor instead of smoke.
A Wisconsin Public Radio report says 16 Wisconsin colleges and universities have smoke-free policies. But there's come confusion about whether to apply those policies to e-cigarettes.
The University of Wisconsin-Stout has banned tobacco but not e-cigarettes. Communications director Doug Mell says even if the school pursued a new policy, it wouldn't apply until students had a chance to vote on it in April. He says the school is "in limbo" right now.
UW-River Falls declared its campus tobacco-free in July, a ban that included e-cigarettes. School spokesman Blake Fry says there's uncertainty about what's in the vapor, and that lack of information influenced its decision.