The Levittown School District's ban on cigarettes on school grounds will soon include electronic cigarettes.
Superintendent Dr. James Grossane said at Wednesday's board of education meeting that "certain folks" have been using e-cigarettes on school grounds and even in school.
"I think it’s timely… it's posing an issue in school," Grossane said. "I just think
no one really knows the research on that yet and I thought it was a good
suggestion that came forth from the community and I would recommend that we add
that change to our policy."
The use of e-cigarettes more than doubled among middle school and high school students between 2011 and 2012, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control.
Recently, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman urged federal regulators to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and stop e-cigarette companies from marketing to youths.
E-cigarettes often contain nicotine and flavors but no tobacco, most likely making them safer than normal cigarettes. Because they contain no tobacco, e-cigarettes aren't subject to U.S. tobacco laws, which means they can be purchased without proof of age, according to Discovery Health.