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ADC - Tobacco-Free School Policy - MSAD #74
EFFECTIVE DATE: 5/5/04
CANCELS SHEET DATED: 7/2/86, 9/21/93, 8/13/03
REVIEWED BY POLICY COMMITTEE: _____________________
TOBACCO-FREE SCHOOL POLICY – MSAD #74
Smoking has been identified as the number one health problem in the United States. It is the leading cause of premature death, disease, and chronic disability in our country. The nicotine present in tobacco products is known to be an extremely addictive drug and is recognized as a “gateway drug” to other illegal drug use.
Smoking is hazardous to both smokers and nonsmokers. For smokers, it can contribute to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, emphysema, and several forms of cancer. Nonsmokers can be affected by breathing the toxic products that tobacco smoke adds to the air, resulting in higher risk of developing lung cancer.
MSAD #74 is dedicated to providing a healthy, productive atmosphere to its students, staff, and guests. The district promotes patterns of behavior related to good health and recognizes the importance of role modeling. Therefore the district shall promote non-tobacco use among its staff, students and guests.
The buildings and grounds of MSAD #74 shall be tobacco free 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
For Students: Smoking and the possession or use of tobacco products shall not be permitted at any time on MSAD #74 property.
For Staff: Smoking and the visible possession or use of tobacco products shall not be permitted at any time on MSAD #74 property.
For Guests: Smoking and/or use of tobacco products shall not be permitted at any time on MSAD #74 property.
For purposes of this policy, the following definitions shall apply:
1.) School property shall include the following: all property owned, leased or rented over which MSAD #74 exercises control, including school owned vehicles used to transport students.
2.) Tobacco products shall include cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco and all other kinds and forms of tobacco. Tobacco shall also include cloves or any other product used for smoking, lighting, chewing or inhaling.
3.) Possession shall mean a student who has on his/her person or in his/her possession (i.e. locker, gym bag, etc.) any tobacco product. Visible possession shall mean a staff member who has in view any tobacco product.
4.) Use shall mean lighting, chewing, inhaling or smoking any tobacco product
Violations of this Policy will be addressed by disciplinary procedures outlined in student handbooks and staff contracts.
Legal Reference: 22 MRSA 1578-B
Me. PL 470 (An Act to Reduce Tobacco Use by Minors)
20 USC 6081 (Pro-Children Act of 1994----Goals 2000)