Simpson County Schools working to ban e-cigs

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FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO)-- E-cigarettes have become a popular trend. Simpson County schools are working to change that.

"E-cigs and the vapors, we don't know what's in there and it's probably not anything that's good for you. It's certainly not modeling the healthy lifestyle we want to model for our students and it's also potentially exposing them to a dangerous chemical so we felt that it was important to update our policy," said Simpson County Director of Pupil Personnel, Joey Kilburn.

Right now, their tobacco policy's read as such:

09.4232 - Students shall not be permitted to use or possess any tobacco product on property owned or operated by the Board, inside Board-owned vehicles, on the way to and from school, or during school-sponsored trips and activities. Students who violate these prohibitions while under the supervision of the school shall be subject to penalties set forth in the local code of acceptable behavior and discipline.

Use of tobacco in any form shall not be permitted in outdoor facilities owned or operated by the Board during all District-sponsored activities, including sporting events.

03.1327 - Employee use of tobacco is prohibited at all times in or on any property owned or operated by the Board. In addition, use of tobacco in any form shall not be permitted in outdoor facilities owned or operated by the Board during all District-sponsored activities, including sporting events.

10.5 - Use of tobacco is prohibited at all times in or on any property owned or operated by the Board. In addition, use of tobacco in any form shall not be permitted in outdoor facilities owned or operated by the Board during all District-sponsored activities, including sporting events.

Kilburn says the initial move in 2011 to go tobacco-free was student-generated.

"The interesting thing about that policy is it came out of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. So it was our students that told us that they were interested in going to a tobacco-free campus," said Kilburn.

The problem with the policy as-is, is they have no way of proving whether the contents of a particular e-cig have tobacco or not. Even if they don't, Kilburn argues they can still be dangerous.

"We had just seen some use around some of our events- in particular our athletic events and really the purpose of the policy is, first of all, to model healthy habits for our students and second of all, to create a healthy environment," Kilburn told WBKO.

Simpson County Schools passed the first reading of the amendment October 29th that would ban e-cigs from being on school grounds, along with other tobacco products.

The amendment still has to pass a final reading on November 19th at the board meeting to take effect. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Central Office.



 
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