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E-cigarettes spur questions about usage in 'no smoking' areas

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

The popularity of electronic cigarettes has raised new questions about where it is OK to puff on them and where it is not.

Places from schools to restaurants are wondering if e-cigarette use should be allowed if there is a "no smoking" policy in place.

While smoking indoors in public places has been banned in Tennessee since 2007, e-cigarettes are not really smoking and they're not really tobacco.

Alex Cherfam, who works at a Murfreesboro store that sells e-cigarettes has found that a lot of places that ban traditional smoking are allowing their customers to puff on vapor and nicotine.

But the Rutherford County school system has adopted a new policy last month banning e-cigarettes from all school properties and buses.

"There are so many unknowns. The board does not want to allow them on campus," said district spokesman James Evans.

There's conflicting information about the health risks of e-cigarettes. The World Health Organization says the devices' safety has not been scientifically demonstrated.

And the Tennessee Hospitality Association has been receiving calls from managers at hotels and restaurants and bars who wonder if their patrons can use e-cigarettes in their businesses.

The hospitality association says it's looking to the state health department for guidance, but, for now, the health department says there's no legislation on the radar that would change state law.

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