Vaping prohibited on campus, policy not enforced – University at Buffalo The Spectrum

By Shubh Jain / The Spectrum

A student smokes his vape outside Lockwood Library next to a smoke free sign. Vaping is prohibited under UB’s smoke-free policy. Students and faculty feel the university doesn’t do a good job enforcing its policy.

Jeremy Rodriguez sits in the back corner of his documentary class, stealthily hitting his Juul –– a compact e-cigarette that resembles a USB stick more than a tobacco product. His professor doesn’t seem to notice the thin cloud of smoke, which immediately dissipates after Rodriguez exhales.

New York state law prohibits vaping indoors in public and e-cigarettes are prohibited on campus under UB’s smoke-free policy. Rodriguez, a sophomore media study major, doesn’t care that he’s breaking UB policy because he knows he can get away with it.

“I can use my Juul anywhere. Professors never notice if I take a quick puff in class,” Rodriguez said. “If I have a craving, I can’t always pull out a cigarette on campus or in a building, so these are perfect.”

Vapes are currently not regulated by the Food and

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