South Florida district snuffs out all outdoor smoking

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Smokers may soon have to keep their butts away from Broward County schools.

The School Board gave initial approval Tuesday to a policy that prevents tobacco products on any school district property, even outdoors or while parked inside a car. That includes regular cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, pipes and hookah. Nicotine replacement products such as lozenges and patches would be allowed.

Students under 18 have long been prohibited from smoking on campuses, but current policy allows school district employees and parents to smoke in designated areas. If the School Board gives final approval next month, outdoor ashtrays will be replaced by 'No smoking" signs.

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