By Terry Dean
The Chicago City Council last week voted to regulate how e-cigarettes are used, bought and sold in the city. The new rules include banning e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited and moving them behind store counters. Sales to minors are also prohibited. Some school districts, however, already treat e-cigarettes like regular cigarettes. For instance, at Oak Park and River Forest High School, e-cigarettes fall under the same disciplinary policies as regular cigarettes, say school officials. A first offense for use garners a one-day, in-school suspension (ISS). But that suspension is held in abeyance if a student completes the school's smoking cessation program. The Illinois School Code is also being revised to address the use of e-cigarettes in schools.