Union County Schools propose changes to ban vaping products in schools for students

School district proposes e-cigarette ban

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Already in Union County Public Schools, students are not allowed to smoke, use tobacco or cigarettes anywhere on school property according to administrative guidelines.

But on Tuesday, the policy committee introduced changes to specifically add in language to ban Juul and vaping products at school for students.

Here’s how the new guidelines would read:

Tobacco Products: Students will not possess, use, sell or distribute tobacco products on school property (as defined above). For rolling papers, see drug paraphernalia. All tobacco products, including but not limited to cigars, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (i.e. Juul), snuff, chew packets, and all lighted and smokeless tobacco and/or nicotine products are prohibited and will be confiscated.

  • Elementary and Secondary:
  1. First Offense: 1 – 5 day suspension and required Tobacco Education class. Failure to complete tobacco education class will result in additional days of suspension.
  2. Second and subsequent Offenses: 3 -5 day suspension and required Tobacco Education class. Failure to complete tobacco education class will result in additional days of suspension.
  3. Secondary: Use of electronic cigarettes (i.e. Juul) in class will result in a 6 day suspension and required Tobacco Education class. Failure to complete tobacco education class will result in additional days of suspension. If the preponderance of the evidence is that the electronic cigarette contains an oil including THC Rule 11e below will apply.

The policy committee approved the proposed revisions and the school board will have the final say during their vote in May.

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