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Lebanon schools crack down on vaping, tobacco use

The Lebanon City School District is cracking down on the use of e-cigarettes, better known as vaping.

“We are committed to the health and well-being of our students. Our administrators and counselors are available for anyone seeking assistance in discussing this matter further,” Superintendent Todd Yohey said in a press release.

According to the release, the Lebanon Student Code of Conduct already prohibited the possession, distribution, or use of vaping devices in school, on school property or at school events. Students found possessing, distributing, or using these devices are subject to discipline under the policy.

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Effective April 3, the punishment for violations will be:

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First Violation

-Three-day out-of- school suspension.

-Violators will not be permitted to attend the next dance on the school calendar.

-Students and parents will be offered enrollment in a tobacco/smoking awareness class offered at school at no charge.

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Second Violation

-Five-day out-of-school suspension.

-Violators not be permitted to attend any school dances for one year.

-Students and parents will be offered enrollment in a tobacco/smoking awareness class offered at school at no charge.

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Third Violation

-10-day suspension with recommendation for expulsion.

-Violators not be permitted to attend any school dances for remainder of high school career.

-Violator will be required to attend tobacco cessation classes at the expense of the student or parent before returning to school.

Violations are cumulative over a student’s career in each building.

The policy change, in response to increased use by students, was approved and adopted by the Lebanon City School District Board of Education on March 19.

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“The liquid solutions that are used in these devices often contain various amounts of nicotine and other harmful chemicals. Vaping devices are also being used to dispense crystallized marijuana (THC). These devices may resemble a pen or a USB drive,” according to the press release issued Thursday by the district.

“While the law requires students to be at least 18 years of age to purchase or use vaping devices, many students are in possession of one. These devices are also being used to dispense THC in an odorless method,” the release also said.

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