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Electronic cigarettes presenting new problem for Tampa school officials

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Electronic cigarettes are virtually odorless, can look like a pen, and easily fit into someone's pocket.

For cigarette smokers, electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes offer an alternative in a society that increasingly frowns on tobacco use.

The e-cigarettes are also presenting an enforcement problem in schools.

On Tuesday, Plant High School administrators seized four electronic cigarettes from three students.

A spokesperson with the school district says the principal at Plant obtained information that the students might have the devices and when he confronted the students, they turned over four e-cigarettes.

Tanya Arja with the Hillsborough County School District says the e-cigarettes are difficult for teachers to detect.

"We have noticed that e-cigarettes have become more of a problem in schools, and part of the problem is that in years past students would go to the bathroom and smoke a cigarette, but now e-cigarettes are not as easily detected, so apparently students feel that they can get away with it more," said Arja.

Arja says the devices are easy to hide.

"Teachers are going to have to see it, they're going to have to notice it because there is not anything that they can see like a smoke, there is not going to be anything that they can smell," said Arja.

Arja says e-cigarettes are currently treated the same as tobacco for disciplinary purposes.

The Hillsborough County School board is currently considering a change to its policy to include e-cigarettes for the future. READ the entire policy here.

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