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Udall, Hatch Introduce Smoke Free Schools...

The ‘Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2018’ was introduced earlier this month by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Orrin Hatch in order to aid education districts and agencies in their fight against e-cigarette use in schools. The Bill intends to:
• Amend the Pro-Children Act of 2001 to include e-cigs in smoking bans on educational and child care facility grounds
• Allow local education agencies to use Grant money to fund e-cigarette prevention programs
• Have studies conducted by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) with the goals of finding the safest and most effective practices and policies for schools to implement, while addressing the rising student use of e-cigarettes, and filling possible gaps in knowledge of potential e-cig use dangers for teens and young adults
• Establish findings which support claims that e-cig use has become a health risk among youth
• Clarify that federal funding under the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) can be used for e-cig prevention
E-cigarette use among young people has drastically increased over the past few years with the booming of the vaping industry. The Senators who introduced the Act believe that “e-cigarettes don’t belong in schools” and that “this bill will help teachers and school districts address the problems of e-cigarette use in schools and target nicotine addiction among today’s youth”. With the help of Congress, the FDA, and the Department of Education, teen smoking and nicotine use have been highly discouraged in the past few decades. Now there is even more support from groups like the National PTA (Parent Teacher Association), National School Boards Association, and SOPHE (Society for Public Health Education). Those organizations and more have played a huge role in identifying and researching the possible health risks associated with nicotine use and addiction for teens and young adults. Staying on-top of such a fast growing industry and trend is quite the task, however, addressing measures to reduce e-cig usage among today’s youth is essential to the safety and well-being of our kids in schools today.