Robertson County Schools Ban Vaping
Robertson County School officials are making it clear that all tobacco related products and paraphernalia, including electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette), personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are not welcome on any Robertson County School campus.
Electronic cigarettes or “Vaping” has become very popular very quickly. You have probably noticed the stores popping up right here in Robertson County. From a distance “Vaping” looks like cigarette smoke but these new E-Cigerastes do not produce smoke, it’s a vapor that does a great job looking like smoke and according to some users we spoke to it feels like smoke too. The reality is Vaping uses a propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin and nicotine if you wish but not all Vaping products contain nicotine.
If you would like more detailed information on the technology of “Vaping” you can contact local Springfield Vaping expert Timothy Brazell at VolVapor in Springfield.
According to Mike Davis, Director of Schools for Robertson County, “What the Robertson County School board is doing is aligning its policies with state and federal laws.” Below is the full police obtained by Smokey Barn News.
Student Use/Possession of Tobacco
Robertson County School Board Policy
The use and possession of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or tobacco paraphernalia by students is prohibited in school buildings or on school grounds, in school vehicles or buses, or at any school-sponsored activity at any time, whether on or off school grounds.
Violations of this policy within an academic year shall result in the following disciplinary actions:
• First offense: A warning would be given to the student and a letter would be sent to the parent or guardian explaining the violation and what would happen if the offense was repeated. • Second offense: One-day suspension • Third and subsequent offenses: Three-day suspension
In addition, effective July 1, 1999, state law requires law enforcement officials and/or
school principals to issue a juvenile court citation for students under 18 who unlawfully possess tobacco products. At the time of the issuance of the citation, the law enforcement officer or school principal shall seize the tobacco product. A violation of this section shall be a civil offence, the penalty for which is a civil penalty of not less than ten dollars nor more than fifty dollars. The juvenile court may in its discretion also impose community service work not to exceed fifty hours for a second or subsequent violation within a one year period. (TCA 39-17-1505)
It is unlawful for any person to sell or distribute any electronic cigarette to another person who has not attained eighteen (18) years of age or to purchase an electronic cigarette on behalf of such person under eighteen (18) years of age. (Acts 1994, ch. 872, § 4; 1995, ch. 470, §§ 2,3; 1999, ch. 354, §§ 1,2,4; 2011, ch. 501, § 4.)