Fox Cities schools explicitly ban e-cigarettes

Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 9:34 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- School officials in the Fox Cities are updating their guidelines to ban e-cigarettes on school grounds, saying they want to keep their children safe and healthy.

E-cigarettes are plastic and metal devices that resemble traditional cigarettes. They heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge, creating vapor that the "smoker" inhales.

A Post-Crescent Media report says some Fox Cities schools already prohibit all tobacco-related products, which include smoking and smokeless products. Now others are revising their policies to specifically include e-cigarettes.

Val Dreier is an assistant superintendent with the Appleton Area School District. She says e-cigarettes haven't been a huge problem on the campuses, but because they've appeared at all, officials want students to know they're not acceptable.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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