The school district in Palm Beach County, Florida already prohibits tobacco products and their use on school grounds. But now, parents and other adults, not just students, are at risk of losing their right to vape on campus. While this might not sound like much, it could mean no more vaping in the car while waiting to pickup the kids from school. And those who break the new rules, if they come into effect, risk being escorted off campus by the cops.
The change comes as a result of the Palm Beach County School Board’s decision to add vendors, contractors, and members of the public to their list of who is not allowed to vape, smoke, or use tobacco products on campus.
The intent, according to assistant superintended Eddie Ruiz, is to create “a tobacco-free environment,” the Sun Sentinel reported. Ruiz added that the school district’s policies regulating such products on campuses “hadn’t been updated in a long time.”
“The intent is a tobacco-free environment.”
The last time that the Board took a look at their tobacco policies was back in 2012. Since which time, vaping has risen rapidly in popularity both in the U.S. and abroad. Subsequently, the Board is considering adding the inhalation of vapor produced by electronic devices to their list of what you can’t do on campus. In other words, there won’t be any Juuling or anything of the sort — no vape mods, no vape pens, none of it. That is, not if the new policies go into effect.
Cigars, hookahs, chewing tobaccos, bidis, pipes, cigarettes, and e-cigarettes were already banned prior to the latest district-wide policy change.
Synthetic stimulants, which includes synthetic CBD oil and the like, are also to be banned across the school district.
As for when the new rules may apply, the school board is scheduled to take the updated policies into formal consideration on February 21, 2018.