Smoking and "Vaping" on School Property

Smoking is prohibited on school property for both students and the general public.  Students who are caught smoking on school property will face a three-day suspension from school.  Members of the public who choose to smoke on property will be asked to leave the property and may face potential fines. 
We are currenly seeing an increase in the number of students who are ‘vaping’.  We believe ‘vaping’ to be similar to smoking and will treat ‘vaping’ on school grounds in much the same manner as we would treat smoking on school grounds.  For those who do not know what vaping is:   Vaping utilizes a Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerin based liquid, mixed with small amounts of nicotine and food grade flavoring that then get vaporized in a small battery powered atomizer, Simulating the experience of smoking. The vapor created is inhaled and exhaled much like cigarette smoke hence the term “VAPING” as opposed to “SMOKING”.  It is difficult to find research related to the potential health risks related ‘vaping’.  
(, November 1, 2015). 
‘Vaping’ is not permitted on school property and we are treating 'Vaping' on the same level as smoking.  We will continue to work with parents and students to ensure a process is in place to work with the growing number of students who are now ‘vaping’ during school hours.