1. As a student of SLCC and someone who has second hand smoke lung issues I am glad to see this issue come to light. I feel e-cigs should be regulated like regular cigarettes and should be under the clean air act. Just walking behind someone vaping causes my lungs to hurt and me to cough for hours. Why should I have to be exposed to that in class? If you think vaping is harmless you should do more research into the products and the chemicals in them. It is better then regular cigarettes but the vapor coming off does have chemicals and perfumes that are as harmful as second hand smoke. You may have the right to smoke, but not in my space!

  2. Big name tobacco companies are cracking down on Ecigs because they are creating healthy competition that until now, tobacco companies never had to deal with. They have funded research based on their need to have electronic cigarettes be as inconvenient as their traditional smoking methods.

    Electronic cigarettes are not a miracle cure to addiction, however they do allow the user to completely personalize their nicotine intake, as well as decrease the amount of nicotine (in the same fashion as many smoking alternatives) in hopes of eventually quitting altogether.

    In this Alumni’s opinion, electronic cigarettes are the future of smoking. In order to progress, we need first acknowledge the change upon us, then adjust accordingly, for vapor pens this may mean we need to understand them as a separate entity from cigarettes, creating customized policy. As the older generations who hold fast to the traditional tobacco products pass on, we will see a shift in the industry. We must welcome this shift with knowledge and science, not propaganda and ad campaign influences geared towards keeping money in the deep pockets of tobacco companies.

  3. I quit smoking about 4 weeks ago. I use an ecig to curb the cravings which definitely helps. It’s completely asinine to see anti-smoking advocates go out of their way to denigrate e-cigarettes while missing the point they do help people ease into smoking cessation. Remember that smoking is a physical addiction with real side effects. Quitting smoking is treated like it’s simply a matter of switching banks when in reality it’s much more difficult. It’s disappointing to see an organization focused on higher education completely and utterly fail to grasp the concept that, while not smoking is the ultimate goal, for myself and quite a number of my friends (read: many students and the public at large), curbing those cravings with ecigs is a big first step. Rather than playing upon fears of the unknown Salt Lake Community College should be encouraging people to quit even if it means trying to step down gradually out of it in a manner that is conducive to long term success. The last thing SLCC should be doing is trying to scare people because that’s not going to make their physical addiction simply disappear. The extent of this article should read ecigs are still classified as cigarettes and are not permitted to be smoked indoors or within 25 feet of public entrances and exits. The rest of it should go straight into the toilet.

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