A discussion took place during Howell Public School’s Board of Education Meeting regarding a revised policy concerning the use of tobacco by students.

Superintendent Erin MacGregor addressed the board Monday night voicing his concern over a noticeable rise in the use of vaping and electric cigarettes among students. Vaping has become a popular activity in which vapor is smoked through the use of electronic cigarettes; better known as e-cigarettes, or other devices. MacGregor stated the rise in popularity is not just a Howell concern, but a concern that has been noticed throughout the entire state. MacGregor brought up for discussion the possibility of creating a clearer policy written as it relates to students using any form of tobacco. While the use of e-cigarettes and vaping is prohibited from all school premises, the board agreed the policy should state it in a more clarifying way. MacGregor stated he wants an unambiguous policy because vaping has become too casual of an activity and he fears students are unaware of all the health risks that come with it. Many e-cigarettes contain nicotine, metals, and other potentially harmful chemicals.

Moving forward, the next steps involve a policy committee implementing a few ideas that were discussed during Monday’s meeting to clean up the current tobacco policy. The Board of Education will resume the discussion at their next meeting scheduled for April 9th. (DF/JK)