3513.3 – Business – Non-Instructional Operation – Tobacco-Free Schools/ Smoking

Policy – x
Regulation –
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Adopted – 7/16/1998
Revised – 6/06/2019

The Governing Board recognizes that the health hazards associated with smoking and the use of tobacco products, including the breathing of second-hand smoke, are inconsistent with its goal to provide a healthy environment for students and staff.

The Board further prohibits the use of tobacco products at any time in district-owned or leased buildings, on district property, and in district vehicles. (Health and Safety Code 104420; Labor Code 6404.5; 20 USC 6083). This prohibition applies to all employees, students, and visitors at any school-sponsored instructional program, activity or athletic event on or off district property. Any written joint use agreement governing community use of district facilities or grounds shall include notice of the district’s tobacco-free schools policy and consequences for violations of the policy.

“Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form and includes the use of an electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol or vapor or of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking. (Business and Professions Code 22950.5; Education Code 48901)

Tobacco products include: (Business and Professions Code 22950.5; Education Code 48901)
1. Any product containing, made, or derived from tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, or snuff
2. An electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe, or hookah
3. Any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product, whether or not sold separately
This policy does not prohibit the use or possession of prescription products and other cessation aids that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, such as nicotine patch or gum.
Smoking or use of any tobacco-related product or disposal of any tobacco-related waste is prohibited within 25 feet of any playground, except on a public sidewalk located within 25 feet of the playground. In addition, any form of intimidation, threat, or retaliation against a person for attempting to enforce this policy is prohibited. (Health and Safety Code 104495)

Legal Reference
22950.5 Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act
48900 Grounds for suspension/expulsion
48901 Prohibition against tobacco use by students
39002 Control of air pollution from nonvehicular sources
104350-104495 Tobacco use prevention, especially:
104495 Prohibition of smoking and tobacco waste on playgrounds
308 Unlawful to sell or furnish tobacco products to minors
3300 Employer, definition
6304 Safe and healthful workplace
6404.5 Occupational safety and health; use of tobacco products
6083 Nonsmoking policy for children’s services
7111-7122 Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
1140.1-1140.34 Unlawful sale of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to minors
Eureka Teachers Assn. v. Eureka City School District (1992) PERB Order #955 (16 PERC 23168)
CSEA #506 and Associated Teachers of Metropolitan Riverside v. Riverside Unified School District (1989) PERB Order #750 (13 PERC 20147)

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