Brevard public schools prohibiting all forms of tobacco on school grounds

New policy includes e-cigarettes

(Vivek Chugh/SXC via CNN)

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard public schools are eliminating all forms of tobacco on all BPS grounds at all times. 

According to a press release from Brevard Public Schools, the "new policy addresses students, parents, employees, vendors, and visitors on any school ground and property, including schools, district offices, athletic fields, practice fields, playgrounds, parking lots, administrative offices, maintenance, or transportation areas owned, leased, rented or chartered by the school district as well as at any off-campus school or district sponsored event."

Brevard school officials said in the press release that they are joining other Florida schools for a new, healthier environment.  

“We are all here for the children. Setting a tobacco-free policy and embracing a culture of well-being provides the district with an opportunity to positively influence the lives of our students by creating a healthy environment through positive role-modeling,” said Superintendent Desmond Blackburn in a press release. 

“School Board Policy 3215 is very proactive in addressing the use of all tobacco products, not just cigarettes.  Any tobacco product or electronic cigarette is included.  Nicotine is a very addictive and poisonous drug,” said Lana Saal, BPS employee wellness manager in a press release.