Are electronic cigarettes allowed?

QUESTION:

Are electronic cigarettes, as used by people trying to give up smoking, covered by the University no – smoking policy?

They are advertised as being exempt from the government no-smoking laws.

 

ANSWER:

Electronic cigarettes are used by some people as an alternative to a conventional cigarette and also to aid smoking cessation. Whilst there are no reported passive smoking effects or smoke/odour associated with the use of these devices, they do look very much like a conventional cigarette with a glowing tip.

For this reason, the use of these devices in buildings or within 5 metres of entrances and open windows is prohibited. The concern is that use of these devices may lead other staff and students to think that smoking is generally permitted, and will hamper staff trying to enforce the Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006.