Policy #5.10.9-Use of Tobacco

BOARD OF HEALTH, MILLIS, MASSACHUSETTS                              5.10.9


RULES AND REGULATIONS AFFECTING THE USE OR POSSESSION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

 

Section I          STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

WHEREAS conclusive evidence exists that tobacco use is a leading public health problem in the Town of Millis and throughout the United States; tobacco use causes cancer, respiratory disease, various cardiac diseases, negative birth outcomes, allergies and irritations to the eyes, nose, and throat of the smoker and non-smoker exposed to secondhand smoke; moreá than eighty percent (80%) of all smokers begin smoking before the age of eighteen (18); and more than three thousand (3,000) people begin smoking every day in the United States In addition, the United States Department of Health and Human Services concluded that nicotine is as addictive as cocaine or heroin. As a result, the Town of Millis recognizes the need to curtail the use of tobacco products by students, and,

WHEREAS Massachusetts Gencral Laws Chapter 71, Section 71, Section 37H prohibits the use of tobacco on school property, therefore, enacts the following:

 

Section II         AUTHORITY

 The Millis Board of Health, pursuant granted under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 111, Section 31, hereby adopts the following regulation to protect the public health of the community:

 

Section III       DEFINITIONS

"School Property"      Any property utilized for school purposes.

"Students"                   Any person enrolled in a public school system in the Town of                                            Millis.

"Tobacco Products"    Cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff or any other form of                                             tobacco.

 

Section IV       STUDENT TOBACCO USE AND POSSESSION PROHIBITED

No student may use tobacco or be in possession of any tobacco products.

 

Section V         TOBACCO USE PROHIBITED BY ALL OTHERS

Tobacco use is prohibited on school property by all other persons.

 

Section VI       PENALTIES

A. Thc penalties for vjolation of Section VI shall be as follows:

            I. In the case of the first violation:

                        a. Notify the violator's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the violation

                        b. Requirement that the violator attends tobacco education classes, (e.g.                              Tobacco Education Group (TEG), and

                        c. Issuance of a citation for one hundred dollars ($100.00) as provided for                           in Section VII of this regulation.

First reading school committee 8/17/99 Second reading school committee 9/7/99


 


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