Evaluating e-Cigarettes: The choice and reasoning to ban e-Cigarettes

When crafting the smoke-free policy, Auburn University consulted with pharmacists, other universities with smoking policies, and reviewed the smoking policies of other government agencies.  The decision was made to ban e-Cigarettes under the policy because of the harmful effects on others are not well known or studied, and because it will make it more difficult to enforce a smoke-free campus.  The primary and driving force in the decision was the health concerns of the Auburn Family.

The FDA defines and regulates Electronic Cigarettes as a tobacco product.  "The FD&C Act, as amended by the Tobacco Control Act, defines the term "tobacco product," in part, as any product "made or derived from tobacco" that is not a "drug," "device," or combination product under the FD&C Act." 

E-Cigarettes contain nicotine, diethylene glycol, and water.  The levels of nicotine in the cartridges can vary drastically and may contain other additives.  After the user inhales, the residual aerosol, or vapor is exhaled in the surrounding air.  This vapor could be absorbed through the skin.  Nicotine deposits on indoor surfaces and lasts for weeks or months.  The FDA tested some e-Cigarettes and found wide variation in the chemical compositions and the amount of nicotine contained in the products. 

The FDA does recognize that a nicotine inhaler is a smoking cessation tool and has no "combustion," a nicotine inhaler could be used within buildings (along with other smoking cessation aides such as nicotine nasal sprays, lozenges, and gums.)

For more information regarding the new smoke-free policy, please visit: http://www.auburn.edu/smokefree

URL: http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm172906.htm

Last Updated: 8/05/2013