OMS e-cig ban part of new handbooks
Onalaska Middle School has outlawed electronic cigarettes as federal lawmakers dawdle on setting age limits for puffing tobacco vapors.
The battery-powered, nicotine-packed gadgets are increasingly popular with children and teens and virtually unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. E-cigarettes aren’t a problem for Onalaska sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, but officials hope tweaking the school’s handbook will help with prevention, middle school Principal Jed Kees said.
Kees introduced a policy at Monday’s Onalaska Board of Education meeting banning e-cigarettes at the middle school. The change came as Kees and other officials reviewed updates to student handbooks for the 2014-15 school year.
“I think students have a good idea that tobacco is not allowed here and other substances,” Kees said. “Once kids tend to learn … there’s no age restriction on e-cigarettes, it’s a different thing.”
The middle school’s e-cigarettes policy is modeled after a similar policy at the high school, which banned the otherwise-unregulated tobacco products in May.
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