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Palm Beach Schools To Ban E-Cigs, Most Tobacco, Unless For Religious, Educational Use

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Could A Student Claim They’re Learning About Smoking While Smoking?

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E-Cigarette and Vaping Devices. (Image Courtesy CDC).

BY: EDUCATION DESK | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County School Board is set to officially ban E-Cigarettes, Vaping Devices, and all tobacco products on school district property, unless — and we’re not kidding — they’re being used for an educational or religious purpose.

The exemptions are part of a sweeping tobacco-free policy set to be updated during an upcoming Board meeting.

Here is the language from the official ‘consent item’ to be voted on during the meeting:

“It shall not be a violation of this policy for a person to possess or provide tobacco, tobacco-related devices, imitation tobacco products, or lighters to any other person as part of an indigenous practice or a lawfully recognized religious, spiritual, or cultural ceremony or practice. It shall not be a violation of this policy to use tobacco or tobacco-related devices as part of an educational experience related to indigenous tobacco practices that have been approved by administrators.”

BocaNewsNow.com notes that there is a long history of musicians, politicians, even educators claiming that they have derived an educational experience from things that they’ve smoked, so we are unclear where the “line” actually is in the Palm Beach County School District. Is smoking on campus as easy as claiming one is seeking knowledge of Indigenous tobacco practices?

The good news: if a student or administrator has too much of an educational experience derived from tobacco, cessation support programs are part of the updated policy. Again, from the item set to be approved: “The administration will consult with the Safe Schools Department, the Palm Beach County Health Department, Employee Wellness in Risk & Benefits Management, the American Lung Association, and other appropriate health organizations to provide students and employees with information and access to support systems, tobacco use cessation programs, and services to encourage them to abstain from the use of tobacco products.”

The public meeting is April 13th.

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