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Did you know that the University has rules about using e-cigs on our premises?

Electronic cigarettes are used by some people as an alternative to a conventional cigarette and also to aid smoking cessation. Whilst there are no reported passive smoking effects or smoke/odour associated with the use of these devices, they do look very much like a conventional cigarette with a glowing tip. For this reason, the use of these devices by staff or students is restricted to offices/rooms which are not inhabited or on view to other staff or students; they must not be used in any circulation spaces/public areas. The concern is that use of these devices in circulation spaces/public areas may lead other staff and students to think that smoking is generally permitted.

Smoking conventional cigarettes is prohibited by law in workplaces and public buildings.

This information and the answers to a variety of other questions can be found on our FAQ’s page 

Cautionary notice: USB charging devices for e-cigs - East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service report of a fire caused by an e-cig USB charger:

E-cigarettes have a battery-operated heating coil that gently heats nicotine liquid from a cartridge, enabling the user to inhale a nicotine vapour. The heating coil is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery. In this incident, the e-cigarette had been plugged in using a USB charger, was receiving an incorrect charge and had been left unattended in the property. Unlike other common battery-powered devices, such as mobile phones, some e-cigarettes do not have an in-built setting to switch off once the battery is full. This is believed to have contributed to the cause of the fire. A number of fire and rescue services have begun to show an interest in e-cigarettes as a possible cause of ignition and there is growing concern that, in common with any other consumer products, there may be an unregulated illegal supply and some charging mechanisms may not be up to UK specifications. For this reason, we recommend that these devices are not charged up in work and are never left unattended when being charge elsewhere.