After September 1, 1990, smoking or use of tobacco in the buildings of Loudoun County Public Schools by anyone at anytime will be prohibited.The proposed policy is:
Use of tobacco products by adults coaching and/or supervising extracurricular activities on or off school property is prohibited.
All persons attending school events and/or extra-curricular activities are prohibited from smoking or using smokeless tobacco products on school property.
Use of tobacco products by any person at anytime on any Loudoun County Public Schools’ property, will be prohibited except by employees of Loudoun County Public Schools in designated smoking areas, which will be out of sight and inaccessible to the general public and students.
I abstained from the vote in committee because I wasn't ready to decide at the time. Obviously it would be better for people's health not to use tobacco products. It would save taxpayers money with the savings realized in the LCPS insurance program. At the same time, there's a Libertarian in me that doesn't think it's appropriate for an employer, particularly a government entity, to attempt to mold its employees in ways that don't have anything to do with work.
The use of tobacco products on school property, including all schools and school athletic facilities, parking lots and grounds, support facilities and vehicles including school buses, is prohibited.
I could go into all the pros and cons, but I'm sure you can figure them out. After long and careful consideration I have decided to vote yes to this policy change. Not because I want to push LCPS employees not to smoke, but because this is a student-focused organization. Even in buildings and areas that aren't frequented by students such as the LCPS Administration building, transportation facility and warehouse, LCPS is student-focused. It is illegal for LCPS students to use tobacco products at any time in any place, by law and policy. As a student-focused organization, I think it's appropriate for us to set a single standard for everyone.