School moves to clamp down on e-cigarettes
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A secondary school has moved to ban students from using electronic cigarettes on its premises.
Witchford Village College said it was extending its smoking ban to include e-cigarettes and vowed to take action against any student caught using them.
There are currently few laws covering or restricting the use of e-cigarettes but the Government announced last week that it planned to ban under 18s from using the devices.
In a letter to parents, vice-principal Shona McKenzie said: “[E-cigarettes] are potentially less harmful than cigarette smoke and free of some of its damaging
substances, such as tar.
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“The vapour does often, however, contain nicotine, the addictive substance that provides the ‘hit’ in cigarette smoke. It is still unclear how safe e-cigarettes are, and nobody knows what their long-term impact is on health.
“Because of our commitment to the well-being of young people, our smoke free policy extends to the use of E-cigarettes. They are not permitted to be used in college and action will be taken against anyone who is in possession or caught using one.”
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E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that simulate the use, appearance, and taste of regular cigarettes. When inhaled, a liquid solution is heated and vaporised.