The Buncombe County Board of Education recognizes that the use of tobacco products is a health, safety and environmental hazard for students, employees and visitors. The Board believes that the use of tobacco products on school grounds, in school buildings and facilities, on school property or at school-related or school-sponsored events is detrimental to the health and safety of students, staff and visitors. The Board acknowledges that adult employees and visitors serve as role models for students. The Board recognizes that it has an obligation to promote a healthy learning and working environment, free from unwanted smoke and tobacco use for the students, employees, and visitors on the school campus. Finally, the Board recognizes that it had a legal authority and obligation pursuant to G.S. 115C-47 (#18) Policy Prohibiting Tobacco Use in School Buildings as well as the federal Pro-Children’s Act. Title X of Public Law 103-227 and the No Child Left Behind Act. This policy covers any of the following places:
On the school campus, before, during or after school hours;
Away from school premises at any school sponsored event;
At any school bus stop or on any school bus
Students and/or adults involved in the use of or possession of tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, illegal drugs, or paraphernalia will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
This policy includes electronic cigarettes, vape pens, and other smoking devices.