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Health Board Bans e-Cigarettes in Schools

The Milford Board of Health voted unanimously on February 26 to update regulations it adopted in 1999 and 2000 to restrict tobacco products on school grounds to now include e-cigarettes as "nicotine delivery products."

Health Officer Paul Mazzuchelli said the ban was needed because of new products such as the flavored JUUL e-cigarettes, which he said resemble a computer flash drive and plug into a computer's USB drive for charging. Students across the country are now buying products like these online, he said. "It's becoming a problem," he said.

The board asked Mazzuchelli to send a letter to retail stores and school principals that will explain the new policy. Mazzuchelli said he also will bring it up at the school system's Wellness Committee, on which he participates.

The new regulations state that no one under the age of 21 enrolled in Milford Public Schools can possess tobacco products, e-cigarettes or any other nicotine delivery products while on school products. The restrictions also cover any individual employed at, volunteering in, or visiting Milford Public Schools. There is a schedule of penalties and fines associated with the regulations.



Mazzuchelli provided the board with an information packet from the Massachusetts Health Officers Association about the JUUL products that asks schools to not participate in its manufacturer's youth/prevention education program because "Parents and teachers shouldn't get advice about e-cigarettes from companies that make and profit from e-cigarettes."




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