TUSD to decide tonight on e-cigarettes

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Happening today, the Tucson Unified School District will consider banning the use of e-cigarettes.

Tobacco use is already banned on TUSD campuses, but now the district says they are trying to keep up with technology.

Tonight the TUSD Governing Board will consider banning the use of e-cigarettes by students, staff and the public on school grounds.

E-cigarettes are becoming more popular.  Some consider them healthier than real cigarettes because of their varying levels of nicotine.

The problem for school officials is that the two types of e-cigarettes look identical so they cannot tell whether it is a nicotine-free device or not.

There is also the fear that the use could lead teens to smoking real cigarettes. Several states have imposed bans on e-cigarettes including several airlines.

Arizona State University is going smoke free in August and e-cigarettes are included in the ban.  TUSD will consider banning e-cigarettes tonight.  The board meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Stay with Tucson News Now online and on air for updates on the board's decision.

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