Seminole County schools moving forward with electronic cigarette ban


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - The Seminole County School District is moving forward with plans to ban electronic cigarettes from school grounds.          

A few high school students told WFTV that e-cigarettes are getting popular and parents may not know it.

"They don't get caught. I can tell you that. They sure don't. They know how to cover themselves pretty good," one student said.

The final approval could come from the school board next month.

The popular vapor e-cigarettes are sold just about everywhere. Less than a mile from a school in Sanford, a sign spinner was advertising them outside a local business.

Students, teachers, volunteers and even visitors will be prohibited from using the e-cigs on any school property or at any sponsored event.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 percent of all high school students used e-cigs in 2012.

The products on the market come in flavors that critics said are attractive to kids.

Other school districts in central Florida have similar bans on e-cigarettes. Orange, Osceola and Volusia counties recently modified their policies to specifically ban the electronic cigarettes.

Brevard County officials said vapor cigarettes fall under their policy that bans tobacco. Lake County is the only school district still in the process of amending its rules.