NTU bans smoking e-cigs on campus.
They don’t contain tobacco, smoke or tar. But NTU has gone and banned them anyway.
Electronic cigarettes don’t contain any of the 4,000 toxins found in real cigarette smoke – and are often used by smokers trying to kick the habit. But Nottingham Trent has banned students from smoking them because they’re:
In a bid to explain why NTU is so confused, a spokesman explained that they “appear to be real cigarettes from a distance.”
He added, “In recent months the university… has experienced an increase in the use of electronic cigarettes by both staff and students.
“[Their use] is potentially disruptive, causes confusion and can be a distraction.”
Medical experts have deemed the decision rogue, with John Britton from the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies commenting, “It’s medically inconceivable they could be as harmful as the real thing.”
And NTU aren’t the only people to crack down on faux-smoking. The Victoria and Broadmarsh shopping centres and Spoons have banned e-cigarettes too.
Nottingham Uni staff don’t find e-cigarettes too confusing and will continue to allow students to smoke them.