Section: Foundations and Basic Commitments
Title: Tobacco Use and Possession
Adopted: April 6, 2006
Last Revised: October 29, 2019
Prior Revised Dates: 5/3/2015
TOBACCO USE AND POSSESSION
In order to promote the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and visitors and to promote the cleanliness of all facilities, the Portland Board of Public Education (the Board) prohibits smoking and all other use of tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices, in school buildings, on school property (including during public events and when school is not in session), on school buses or in any other School Department vehicle, at all times and by all persons.
“Electronic smoking device” means a device used to deliver nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that may be used by a person to simulate smoking through inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the device, including, without limitation, a device manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic pipe, electronic hookah or so-called vape pen.
Students are further prohibited from possessing, selling, distributing or dispensing tobacco products or electronic smoking devices at all times on school property, in school buses or other vehicles used to transport students, and during school-sponsored events and activities, wherever they take place.
Employees and all other persons are also strictly prohibited, under law and Board policy, from selling, distributing or in any way dispensing tobacco products or electronic smoking devices to students. Employees may not use tobacco products or electronic smoking devices at any time while supervising students, whether on or off school property.
Portland City Code Chapter 17, Article V (Offenses, Miscellaneous Provisions)(Regulation of Tobacco)
20 USC 6081-6084 (Pro-Children Act of 1994)
Me. PL 470 (An Act to Reduce Tobacco Use By Minors)
22 MRSA §§ 1578(B), 1580(A)(3)