UC Irvine reversing course on e-cigarette use

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IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Just weeks after instituting new smoking rules that allowed electronic cigarettes at the University of California, Irvine, campus officials have reversed themselves and banned the nicotine-vapor devices.

University spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon tells the Orange County Register that the revised rules bring Irvine into alignment with system-wide UC regulations that prohibit the use of all nicotine products.

Each of UC’s nine other campuses banned all smoking as of Jan. 1, plus e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco

Earlier the Irvine campus argued it had the “autonomy” to come up with its own policy, which exempted chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.

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