The latest weapon in the tobacco wars is increasingly finding its way into the pockets and backpacks of students across the nation.
The e-cigarette -- a James Bond-stealthy, technology-chic version of the traditional cigarette -- is often mistaken for an ink pen, but it is a battery-operated device that turns a liquid form of nicotine into an inhalable vapor.
E-cigarettes can also emit fruit and candy flavors, such as bubble gum or chocolate -- suited for youthful tastes.
Rising use among teens is a worrisome trend to school officials who are increasingly changing their tobacco policies to ban the e-devices. This week, both the Antioch and San Ramon Valley school districts will decide the issue.