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Provo City School District

Independence High School

Last modified: September 29, 2021

No Smoking Policy

Whereas tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and the majority of daily smokers begin smoking before 19 years of age, the use or possession of any tobacco product or tobacco paraphernalia, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarette or cigar cartridges, Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) devices, blunts, bidis, clove cigarettes, dissolvable tobacco, hookah and hookah products, and vapor/oil nicotine containing products, for students under the age of 19 is against Utah State Law, and is prohibited for students, staff, and visitors at school sponsored activities, on school grounds, or within 1,000 feet of school property. Violators shall be issued citations by the school administration, staff, and/or law enforcement authorities, and subsequent Juvenile Court action may be taken.

For the purposes of this policy, “use of tobacco” is defined to include smoking, inhaling, and chewing tobacco or products containing nicotine product. It also includes dipping, distribution, sale or consorting with others who possess or are using any form of tobacco (including oil concentrates, vapors, etc.) or a facsimile of a tobacco product.

For the purposes of this policy, “possession of tobacco or any tobacco paraphernalia” includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, oil concentrate or vapors, Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) devices, pipes, lighters, matches, strikers, pouches, packaging, cylinders, cartridges, rolling papers, facsimile, and/or any items used for the intention of disguising the product or device.

The school shall, in addition to the above for repeat violators, have students attend a smoking cessation class, or place the student on in-school or out-of-school suspension.