624P - Tobacco and Nicotine Vapor Products

Generally

Students are prohibited from possessing any tobacco product or nicotine vapor product on a school bus; on school property; at an on-site or off-site school sponsored activity; or in any vehicle used by the division to transport students, staff, visitors or other persons. In addition, the use or distribution of any tobacco product or nicotine vapor product, on a school bus; on school property; at an on-site or off-site school-sponsored activity; or in any vehicle used by the division to transport students, staff, visitors or other persons is prohibited.

The Superintendent is responsible for developing regulations which contain
  • provisions for the enforcement of this policy among students, employees, and visitors, including the enumeration of possible sanctions or disciplinary actions, and

  • referrals to resources to help staff and students overcome tobacco addiction.
Definitions

“Nicotine vapor product” means any noncombustible product containing nicotine that employs a heating element, power source, electronic circuit, or other electronic, chemical, or mechanical means, regardless of shape or size, that can be used to produce vapor from nicotine in a solution or other form. "Nicotine vapor product" includes any electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or similar product or device and any cartridge or other container of nicotine in a solution or other form that is intended to be used with or in an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or similar product or device. "Nicotine vapor product" does not include any product regulated by the FDA under Chapter V (21 U.S.C. § 351 et seq.) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

"Tobacco product" means any product made of tobacco and includes cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipe tobacco, bidis, and wrappings. "Tobacco product" does not include any nicotine vapor product, alternative nicotine product, or product that is regulated by the FDA under Chapter V (21 U.S.C. § 351 et seq.) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.



Legal Reference(s):
20 U.S.C. Section(s) 6083, 7183

Code of Virginia, 1950 as amended, Section(s) 18.2-371.2, 22.1-79.5, 22.1-279.6



Cross Reference(s):
Policy 609P, Community Relations-School Visitors

Regulation 402R-A, Students-Code of Student Conduct

Regulation 721R, Operations and Finance-Equal Access to School Facilities, Students and Staff



Adopted: October 17, 2017
Amended: September 18, 2018
Amended: June 18, 2019