This article by Patricia LeBoeuf originally appeared Oct. 4 in the Bennington Banner.
The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union district boards are being asked to consider a ban on students’ use of electronic cigarettes.
Currently, the SVSU’s tobacco policy prohibits the possession and/or use of tobacco by any student on school grounds, whether they take place on or off school grounds, along with use on school grounds by any person.
The change proposed by the Policy Committee of the SVSU would forbid the use by any student of tobacco substitutes such as “electronic cigarettes, and any electronic or battery powered device that delivers nicotine or other substances into the body through inhaled vapor,” according to a copy of the proposed change.
The SVSU unanimously voted to warn the proposed policy change at its Sept. 26 meeting. No district boards have yet warned the policy, according to meeting minutes and agendas.
According to the 2017 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey’s SVSU report, 18 percent of surveyed students in grades 9 through 12 in the supervisory union reported using electronic vapor products in the past 30 days.
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