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7/31/2014 4:30:00 PM
E-cigarette ban considered at LUHS

Lakeland Union High School could soon prohibit electronic cigarettes.

The school board is considering a measure that would ban nicotine products, including e-cigarettes.

The school already forbids possession and use of tobacco, and minors who possess tobacco products can be referred to law enforcement.

Officials say the policy change is intended to stay ahead of trends.

“It just seemed like a natural offshoot of tobacco, cigarettes,” said Joe Fahrenbach, who sits on the school board.

District Administrator Todd Kleinhans said he was not aware of any specific problems with e-cigarettes at the school.

The school board had considered the policy change at a regular meeting on Monday, but sent the proposal back to committee after concerns were raised that the language might be too broad. The revised language could also prohibit nicotine patches, which some school board members said was not the intent of the proposed policy change.

Electronic cigarettes resemble tobacco-based cigarettes, but are powered by a battery and deliver nicotine through vapor.

Jonathan Anderson may be reached at janderson@lakelandtimes.com.

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