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Muscogee County schools ban e-cigarettes on school property

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The Muscogee County School District is taking a stand against e-cigarettes.

The new policy bans electronic cigarettes or any related smoking items on school property -- that includes sporting events and school buses. 

Valerie Fuller, the spokesperson for the school district, says they've had several e-cigarette incidents with students in schools.

“Kids sometimes get their hand on inappropriate items, so it's important for us to add it to our handbook, as well as communicate to the parents and students that we want to be clear where we stand as a district,” says Fuller.

The FDA is expected to release regulations for electronic cigarettes sometime early this year, but the Muscogee County School District is not waiting for federal regulations.

“It is something new, you have to be at least 18 years old to purchase it, and the school district is going to treat it as it is -- a tobacco product,” says Fuller.

The new restrictions apply to everyone on school property including volunteers, parents and visitors. The policy was presented at Monday’s school board work session.  The board has to wait 30 days before adopting a policy change after it is introduced, so the board will vote during the February 17th meeting.

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