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Amity Regional High School bans e-cigarettes in class

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WOODBRIDGE, CT (WFSB) -

Amity Regional High School has become one of the first schools in our state to ban e-cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that allow the user to ingest nicotine through water vapors.

The e-cigarettes don't produce smoke or that unhealthy tar from smoking real cigarettes.

"I see kids using them in class. They look like a pen," said student Corina Zdrowski. "Some teachers pick up on it, some don't. Others ask them to put it away."

Administrators at Amity Regional High School, which serves Woodbridge, Orange and Bethany, put out this letter to parents about electronic cigarettes. The letter points out that all smoking is prohibited including e-cigarettes.

"I don't think the kids should be doing it," said parent Gina Penn.

School officials said e-cigarettes are currently legal for all ages, but there is legislation being developed to prevent students under 18 from using them.

On top of that the school district said the devices are unsafe.

Some students agree with the policy because of some of the things they are hearing.

"I think they shouldn't have it because there are always ways to get drugs into them," Zdrowski said. "I think if you ban it all completely it would help out a lot."

Amity's superintendent said students will be disciplined if they are caught with the cigarettes.

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