— DANVILLE – With Harrisburg now considering a bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, Danville’s school district has voted to update its tobacco policy to also include a ban on the new devices.
At their Dec. 3 meeting, the school board members voted unanimously to impose the same fines for students possessing electronic cigarettes as actual tobacco products.
Under school policy, a student may be fined up to $50 plus court costs for being caught on school property with tobacco or related products. A first offense also comes with one day of suspension, with later offenses adding additional suspension time in addition to the fines.
Currently, it is not against state law to sell electronic cigarettes to minors. The devices contain vaporized nicotine but no tobacco, and are meant as a healthier alternative to cigarettes and cigars.
So far, there has been no incident of Danville students being caught with electronic cigarettes, according to administration.
“We’re trying to be a little bit proactive” with this policy, said Cheryl Latorre, superintendent of Danville’s school district.
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