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While RCW 70.160.075 prohibits smoking within 20 feet of certain building openings, it does not mean that WSU cannot extend the prohibition to other areas of the campus.
In fact, RCW 70.160.030 prohibits smoking in public places, and public places is defined to include schools and education faclities.
The laws of Washington have a strong dislike of smoking, as seen in the following statutory language:
70.160.011. Findings--Intent--2006 c 2 (Initiative Measure No. 901)
Can they prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco or e-cigarettes which produce no second hand effects?
It seems that the definition of Smoking in the Washington statute is broad enough to encompass e-cigarettes: “Smoke” or “smoking” means the carrying or smoking of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, or any other lighted smoking equipment.
It doesn't say that smoke has to be emitted, just that it is smoked and it is a type of smoking device
Your best bet to get this changed is to talk to the heads of the WSU to argue that e-cigarettes should be treated different, but it is within their discretion to prohibit it
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