Sabine ISD bans e-cigarettes

Published on Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:34 - Written by

(MCT) -- Sabine ISD has banned e-cigarettes following an escalating series of issues involving students in possession of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers.

"What we find is kids think it's OK if it's OK for adults," Superintendent Stacey Bryce said. "We'd like to go ahead and place in our policy to ban the e-cigarettes from campuses

The policy approved by the school board, "prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes or any other electronic vaporizing device on district property at all times" including in school buildings and athletic fields.

"In other words, at football games, those types of things," Bryce said. "There were some students that had some. Of course, they weren't using them or anything. We just wanted to make sure that everyone knew that was not going to be allowed on campus, just like tobacco's not allowed on campus."

The proposal met with no opposition.

Board member Tony Raymond said the move echoes others being put on the books elsewhere.

"We had to change our rules in our office that you couldn't use it inside our building," he explained. "People in our office thought, 'It's just water.'

"You can't be in our office smoking anything. Go outside and smoke if you want to."

Board member Andrea Bates echoed the opposition to e-cigs and vaporizer pens, ultimately moving to approve the amended policy (seconded by Raymond and unanimously approved).

"Everybody smokes those vapor things everywhere," Bates said. "I don't know why that's any different from anything."