School board updates policy banning vaping


The Sioux Falls school board updated its policy to ban the use of vaping devices at a school board meeting Monday night.

District policy already bars the use of these products by students, faculty and visitors on school grounds, but under the revision, vaping devices will be distinguished from tobacco products.

“Instead of explaining to our groups time and again that tobacco products also includes vaping products, even if there’s not that nicotine content in it, we decided to be more clear in our policies and spell that out,” said Kate Bartell-Novak, legal counsel to the school district.

Schools are seeing a rise in the use of vapor products within the student body, particularly JUULs, small vapor devices that strike a similar appearance to USB drives, according to Bartell-Novak.

“That’s one that was different for us and harder to detect,” she said.

In April, the South Dakota Legislature passed a bill that added vapor devices to the list of tobacco products illegal to use in public areas. The law will take effect on July 1, 2019.

The school board includes three separate policies regarding the use of tobacco and vapor products: student use, employee use, and visitor use. All three say tobacco products can’t be used on school grounds.

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