Burnet Consolidated ISD votes to ban e-cigarettes
October 22, 2013, 6:30 pm by James Walker
The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees voted Tuesday to prohibit the use of electronic cigarette inhalers on campus after school officials reported an increase in their use by students.
"Actually, it was students that alerted us to this," Superintendent Keith McBurnett told board members at their monthly meeting in Bertram.
E-cigarettes have become a booming business among smokers who want to light up indoors and smokers who want to quit.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last month that use also is growing among children.
E-cigarettes deliver nicotine to the lungs through a battery-generated vapor rather than via tobacco smoke and are not subject to federal rules that govern things like sales and product ingredients.
Students who were using the e-cigarettes managed to do so without detection for awhile, McBurnett said.
"They were being sneaky about it," he said. "They were holding them up to their mouth like they were chewing on a pen or pencil or something.
"They are odorless and there is no smoke, although there is a little cloud-like vapor."
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to propose rules soon that could govern how and where e-cigarettes can be sold, and if they can be sold to minors, according to recent news reports.
E-cigarettes generally utilizes a heating element that vaporizes a liquid solution, often nicotine but also flavored vapor.
Liquid marijuana and other narcotics also can be used in the devices.
E-cigarette makers currently have significant latitude in to market their products as they choose, even on television, where traditional cigarette ads have been banned since 1971.
For the full story see the Wednesday edition of the Burnet Bulletin.
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