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District 70 mulls e-cig ban

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes continues to grow, local school districts are modifying their policies banning them from schools.

Pueblo County District 70’s school board is mulling changes to its policy regarding use of tobacco by students to include e-cigs.

Pueblo City Schools (D60) recently made changes to its tobacco-free schools policy to make e-cigs a prohibited substance on school property.

Both school districts already had policies prohibiting tobacco use on district property.

E-cigs are battery-powered devices that emit vaporized nicotine or other nonvaporized and sometimes flavored solutions.

“Based on a request from principals we have decided to add e-cigs to our policy,” said Greg Keasling, director of student services.

The proposed changes would add a provision to include any electronic device that can be used to inhale nicotine, including but not limited to an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo or pipe.

The policy change also would add a provision that tobacco products do not include any product that has been approved by the appropriate federal agency as a tobacco-use cessation product.

Keasling said students caught with e-cigarettes would face the same consequences as for violating the tobacco-use policy.

Those sanctions could range from a two-day suspension to a five-day suspension with recommended referral to the hearing officer.

The District 70 policy also requires that any tobacco products found in the possession of a student should be confiscated.

D60’s policy was revised in December to include e-cigarettes as a prohibited substance.

Students who violate D60’s policy also face in-school suspension, revocation of privileges to participate in extracurricular activities and with repeated offenses, possible out-of-school suspension.

Neither school district expels students for tobacco use.

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