Paso schools ban use of e-cigarettes

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comApril 9, 2014 

Following a countywide edict, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District has banned the use of electronic cigarettes, which will help the county keep an anti-tobacco grant it receives from the state.

According to the World Health Organization, e-cigarettes contain an electronic vaporization system, rechargeable batteries and a variety of flavors said to appeal to adolescents. While they often look like tobacco cigarettes, they sometimes look like pens or USB memory sticks so they can’t be identified as e-cigarettes. According to the organization, there has been no evidence to suggest they help people quit smoking, and there are health risks associated with them.

Because the county receives a Tobacco-Use Prevention Education grant from the state of California, Julian Crocker, superintendent of the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, has directed all school districts in the county to implement new board policies and administrative regulations to include e-cigarettes.

The Paso Robles school board voted Tuesday to ban electronic smoking devices on all district-owned or leased properties and in district vehicles.

The board has also prohibited the use of products containing tobacco or nicotine, including smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, clove cigarettes and “spice,” a synthetic marijuana available for over-the-counter purchase. The policies apply to all students, staff, visitors and use of facility permit holders.

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