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MCSD warns students, parents about dangers of e-cigarettes

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COLUMBUS, GA - The Muscogee County School District is banning electronic cigarettes from all school property. Board members want parents to be aware of the dangers e-cigarettes could cause.

Electronic and vapor cigarettes are becoming more and more popular across the country. The Muscogee County School Board says they have no place around the school environment.

Cigarette smoke has been banned from schools for quite a long time, and the Muscogee County School Board says electronic cigarettes should not be allowed either because they are designed to simulate cigarettes.

 “It's a new product, something that we have not had to deal with before,” said school board member Cathy Williams. “It is becoming popular in children. So, it is time to deal with it in a policy manner.”

Last month, the board drew up the new policy so nobody could use e-cigarettes on school property.

 “Our policy did not explicitly address the use of these,” said Superintendent David Lewis. “This is a way of codifying that and making sure our students are protected from those and make sure we have policy to address them specifically.”

The FDA has not yet regulated vapor based cigarettes. The school district says they can't wait for federal rules.

“We have our finger on the pulse of this local school district,” said Williams. “We know what we have to deal with. We know the trends that we are seeing and we are acting upon them now.”

Superintendent David Lewis says people don't always know what is in their electronic cigarettes and there could be consequences.

“Sometimes, the foreign substances cause the students to have seizures and so-on unbeknownst to them what’s involved in it, or maybe they did. Regardless, it's just something that is not appropriate for school,” said Lewis.

The policy will be officially adopted next week.

The school district wants to make it clear that they are treating e-cigarettes just like tobacco cigarettes. If a student gets caught with one, they will be punished. 

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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