Kingsport City Schools votes to expand tobacco-free policy to include vaping devices


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The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education voted to expand its tobacco-free policy to include language that covers vaping devices and products, according to the Board’s meeting notes.

The tobacco-free policy now covers “electronic/battery operated devices” and “vapor products”. 

Kingsport City Attorney Mike Billingsley was at the meeting and offered information about the “legal scope” of other legislation regarding tobacco use. 

After a discussion with the attorney, the School Board voted unanimously to approve the new policy. 

The revised policy states, “All uses of tobacco, electronic/battery operated devices, vapor products, and all other associated paraphernalia 8 are prohibited in all of the school district’s buildings and in all vehicles that are owned, leased, or operated by the district. Smoking and vaping shall be prohibited in any public seating areas including, but not limited to, bleachers used for sporting events or public restrooms.”

According to meeting notes, the Board based the revision on the Tennessee School Boards Association recommendation to update the policy with broader language. 

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