The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified nicotine, found in tobacco products, as a drug. School policies do not allow the use of other drugs, such as alcohol, marijuana, or cocaine on school grounds and at school-sponsored events. Why should an exception be made for nicotine and e-cigarette?
  • Institute and enforce comprehensive tobacco-free campus policies, including all e-cigarettes. Punitive policies may not be effective. Many of our youth are already addicted to nicotine through these tobacco products and therefore efforts are needed to help kids quit. Schools can offer programs on-site to help students quit or connect them with resources to support them in breaking free from their addiction.
  • Ensure all teachers, administrators and staff know the different kinds of e-cigarettes on the market and the dangers they pose to young
    people.
  • Participate in the “Real Cost Campaign.” FDA’s tobacco prevention campaign which now features ads to educate teens on the dangers of
    e-cigarettes. Schools can take advantage of free print materials and web content from the campaign.

 

Consider implementing a One hundred percent e-cigarette free schools policy to protect children from the harmful effects of e-cigarette at school. The benefits of a smoke-free environment and positive role models for students are important. The Policy can include

  1. e-cigarette is specifically named in the policy, not implied by prohibiting drugs (such as alcohol and other drugs). All components of the policy are effective at all times.
  2. All school buildings, grounds, campuses, housing, property (including vehicles/busses), are e-cigarette -free at all times.
  3. Students are prohibited from possessing and/or using e-cigarette products on school grounds or at school events on school district property.
  4. School staff is prohibited from using e-cigarette products on school grounds or at school events on school district property.
  5. Visitors are prohibited from using e-cigarette on school grounds or at school events on school district property.
  6. Wearing clothing or using other items that advertise or promote e-cigarette products is prohibited.
  7. e-cigarette advertising and acceptance of gifts from the e-cigarette industry is prohibited.
  8. A plan to communicate the e-cigarette policy to all students, employees, and visitors is outlined.
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