County Working to Get E-Cigarettes Off School Campuses

County public health administrators are advocating to get e-cigarettes off of school campuses. Dawn Dunn, who runs the county tobacco-prevention program, brought Hookah Pens to Tuesday’s Santa Barbara school board meeting to show boardmembers that the bright colored gadgets look like flashy pens. “Students have these on campuses … They’re not harmless,” she said. Dunn added that the products are relatively odorless, are difficult to identify, and can be used to vaporize other substances. Like normal cigarettes, e-cigarettes can be purchased over the counter by anyone 18 years old or older. Boardmembers will discuss adding e-cigarettes to their antitobacco policy at their December meeting.

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