Tobacco-free environment

OAR 581-021-0110 states that "no one is allowed to smoke, inhale, dip, or chew or sell tobacco at any time, including non-school hours, in any building, facility, or vehicle owned, leased, rented, or chartered by the school district, school, or public charter school; or on school grounds, athletic grounds, or parking lots." The OAR requires school districts in Oregon to implement policies and procedures by January 1, 2006.

Those who have not yet updated their policies can download samples from OSBA’s Policy Services, Sample Policies. Version two of the Tobacco-Free Environment Policy was reviewed by the American Lung Association and the Tobacco Education division of Oregon Department of Health Services and meets the criteria for comprehensive policy for both organizations.

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

Subsequent to recent questions about e-cigarettes and discussion with the Oregon Health Division, OSBA updated sample policy GBK/JFCG/KGC - Tobacco-Free Environment with optional language that broadens the definition of tobacco products while allowing prescription smoking cessation products.

The American Lung Association has important information about tobacco-free school policies. You may call OSBA Policy Services with technical questions about updating your policy.

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