Check your privilege: A committee in NJ's state Assembly has approved a bill that will prohibit the "use of tobacco products on the grounds of any public or private institution of higher education" (PDF). And, yes, that would include e-cigarettes AND chewing tobacco.

College students are already banned from smoking in dorm and other campus buildings. According to the Star-Ledger, "Advocates said the bill would give New Jersey the strictest college campus smoking ban in the nation... Fines for those caught violating the ban would start at $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and $1,000 each time after."

And here's how the vote turned out: "The four Democrats on the committee voted in favor of the bill, while the three Republicans voted against it. Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin (R-Ocean) said he liked the idea, but thought banning e-cigarettes was a 'bridge too far.' Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-Essex) said that even though he supported the bill he would like to see e-cigarettes exempted." E-cigarettes are barely regulated and a study says they still contain carcinogens.

Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights has a list of all the schools without smoking on campus (PDF); interestingly, NYU Is one of them, as is Barnard (but not Columbia). As it happens, vapers will be protesting the ban on e-cigs in parks this weekend.

Next, the Assembly will take up the bill.