The following are the types of tobacco and nicotine delivery products that are covered by BPCC’s Smoke-Free policy:
Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals. They turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine, into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user. Concerns have been raised by the FDA regarding the long term safety of these products, but few studies have been conducted. E-cigarettes are a tobacco product and are included in the college’s list of restricted products within the smoke-free policy.
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Cigars are tightly-rolled bundles of dried and fermented tobacco that are ignited and smoke is drawn into the mouth. Cigars actually predate the cigarette and can equal the same amount of nicotine as found in an entire pack of cigarettes. Although seen by some as a more sophisticated alternative, cigars can be twice as hazardous due to the amount of second hand smoke produced in one sitting.
Pipes and Hookahs
Similar to cigarettes, hookah smoking delivers the addictive drug nicotine and it is at least as toxic as cigarette smoking. While many hookah smokers may consider this practice less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarettes.