EDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Students who are caught with e-cigarettes in the Eden schools will lose them for good.
The Buffalo News is reporting the school board has voted to change its policy for the upcoming school year. It allows teachers and administrators to keep the devices if they catch students with them.
Previously, parents could call to get the e-cigarettes back because of their high cost.
“There wasn’t a policy on what we would do with the e-cigarette. So parents were calling up and saying we want this $100 e-cigarette back,” said Eden School Board President Michael Byrnes.
Byrnes said the new policy to throw out e-cigs they confiscate will create a financial consequence and cut down on repeat offenders.
“Now we’re saying well, this is the consequence for it. Your child brought it into school. We’re either destroying it or holding onto it. No one is getting them back,” he said.
Health experts say e-cigarette usage is high among long-time smokers using them to attempt to quit cigarettes and teens who are now wading into nicotine use through e-cigs.
“The trend with young people using e-cigarettes is exponentially increasing,” said Dr. Andrew Hyland of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Many schools are scrambling to keep their policies up-to-date. E-cig use is easier for kids at school to conceal, which is another reason districts are trying to keep them out.
The Buffalo Public School District is rewording its code of conduct to include e-cigs as tobacco products. Currently in Buffalo, when e-cigs are confiscated they are later given back to a parent.