The Millard School District is taking steps toward vaporizing e-cigarettes on all its campuses.
Some tobacco sellers we spoke with on Tuesday said the cigarette alternatives have been gaining popularity. Millard Schools noticed the trend and the district wants to keep it from reaching the schools.
Stephanie Christenson is the store manager of the Liquor and Tobacco Depot and she says smokers are looking for a healthier alternative to tackle their addiction.
“It gives people that craving that they are actually meeting without all the extra chemicals," she said.
Users also say it cuts down on another nuisance for friends and family of smokers. There’s no secondhand smoke. All that comes out is vapor.
But the Millard School District is stepping in after noticing some parents and students puffing the vapor into the air at indoor school events.
The district already banned all tobacco products from being smoked by students, employees and even contractors on school grounds. Now they want to add e-cigarettes to the list and even some smokers agree.
E-cigarette user Brian Myers said, “It doesn't hurt them but I can understand it's out of respect."
Christenson respectfully disagrees, saying the product is only helping those addicted to nicotine.
“They came out to give people an alternative to smoking that's way healthier," she said.
If passed by the Millard School Board, users would have to find an alternative place to smoke.
The board has passed the first proposal to add e-cigarettes to the substance use ban. A Millard school representative said that in April the school board will discuss the language of the ban and then put it up for a vote.