Western School District looking to stamp out smokeless ‘e-cigarettes’

Puffing on a cigarette on school grounds is against the rules now at Western School District, but taking a drag from the smokeless kind also could be stamped out soon.

Western School District looking to stamp out smokeless 'e-cigarettes'

Western School District looking to stamp out smokeless 'e-cigarettes'

The Western School Board on Tuesday had a first reading of a revised district policy that would ban the use of electronic cigarettes on school grounds.

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, simulate smoking by producing a vaporized solution that contains nicotine and can have the appearance of traditional tobacco cigarettes.

The devices were more widely marketed in Michigan following the passage of the state’s smoking ban, which took effect in 2010 and applied to workplaces, particularly bars and restaurants.

“The argument is it’s a water vapor and not smoke, but we still view it as a substance we don’t want around our kids and our facilities,” said Western Superintendent Michael Smajda.

If the district aims to promote healthy choices for its students then it should not only encourage them to stay away from substances containing nicotine but ban them as well, he said.

Language for the policy change banning nicotine delivery devices, like e-cigarettes, was presented by a group that researches and proposes policies for school districts, Smajda said.

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