The use of tobacco products is prohibited on all school grounds by students, district employees and guests at all times. The Williamson County School Board recently revised the district’s Tobacco-Free Schools Policy to include the use of smokeless tobacco products and electronic nicotine devices on school property.
Locations include but are not limited to:
- parking lots
- vehicles on school property
- any public seating areas including bleachers used for sporting events
- public restrooms
What is a JUUL Pod?
E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth in the United States. One popular device is the JUUL, a small, battery-operated device that resembles a flash drive and is easily purchased online. JUUL e-cigarette sales increased 641 percent over the past year.
All of these devices contain nicotine and many other hazardous chemicals. In fact, smoking one JUUL pod is equivalent to smoking one pack of cigarettes. At least 40 percent of youth and young adults who would have never smoked a cigarette have tried these products. Not much is known about the short-term and long-term health impacts for those using electronic nicotine devices and those exposed to secondhand emissions.
Need Help Quitting?
The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine offers free individualized support to all Tennessee residents wanting to quit their nicotine habit, and they can call 1-800-784-8669 for help.
Disciplinary action for students possessing or using tobacco or tobacco-related products may include detention, in-school suspension or suspension from school attendance.
School administrators have also aligned with school counselors and community agencies to educate parents and students on the dangers of tobacco and nicotine devices. If you missed one of our community meetings to learn about the trends and health issues associated with the use of nicotine devices, the presentation in its entirety is available in a past InFocus article.