Daviess County Public Schools has become the latest district to ban e-cigarette use by students. Superintendent Owens Saylor says whether or not the devices are hazardous to one’s health, they’re intended for use by adults
“We have a parents committee here called the Council of Councils and there’s been some good discussion there about what’s in the health interest of our students,” said Saylor. “So, anything that would even represent smoking or inhalants or anything like that is not appropriate for our students. That’s why we felt like this was really an addition on to our tobacco ban and it’s a way for us to keep up with what’s happening."
Saylor also says e-cigarettes became a distraction.
“I think we’ve seen them popping up – and we’re learning a couple things. They’re expensive items, to begin with. There were even situations where we had folks complaining that they were being stolen,” said Saylor. “And we’re not about to chase someone’s personal smoking device.”
Scientists continue studying the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes. Earlier this year, the Kentucky General Assembly passed a law banning the sale of e-cigs to minors, a bill subsequently signed into law by the governor.