State could look at harsher penalties for vaping in schools

State legislators in Frankfort could potentially take up the issue of vaping in schools.

The issue arose during a Interim Joint Committee on Education meeting this week and it’s possible legislators could create a law that would impose harsher punishments on students caught vaping at school.

Lawmakers said potential legislation also should include funds for more education targeted toward students and parents about the dangers of vaping.

Current state law leaves it up to local school districts to decide the punishment for vaping at school.

The USDA reports that 2.6 million teens are using e-cigarettes and 25% use them daily with the majority of them vaping nicotine products.

No bill has been prefiled to address vaping in schools, but the issue could arise among legislators again when the general assembly convenes in January.

 

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