Newport school board’s smoking ban, which includes e-cigarettes, would be 38th among 173 Kentucky school districts

The Newport Independent Board of Education passed the first reading of a proposed smoking ban Wednesday, Jan. 28 after adding electronic cigarettes to the ban.

The ban would prohibit smoking on any school campus, including parking lots, cars and the bus garage, and no smoking will be permitted by any groups who rent or meet on any school properties.

The second reading of the ban will be in February and if passed will go into effect July 1, Patricia A. Scheyer reports for The River City News.

“I do expect that it will pass,” Superintendent Kelly Middleton told Scheyer. “I haven’t had anyone say anything against passing it, and in fact, I have had a couple of comments in favor of it.”

If passed, the “Newport school district will be the 38th school district out of Kentucky’s 173 districts to become smoke free, joining Beechwood and Dayton Independent schools locally,” Scheyer reports.

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