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Anderson Co. Schools to implement smoking ban this fall

HB 11 bans the use of tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor products on school grounds
Posted at 2:11 PM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 20:33:13-04

ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18/Anderson News) — A new state law banning all tobacco products on school grounds is set to take effect next year, but Anderson County Schools will be implementing the ban early.

Starting this fall, you will not be able to smoke on Anderson County school property, even if you are in your car.

House Bill 11 will ban the use of tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor products on the school grounds by anyone at any time. The superintendent told the Anderson news that if you don't comply, there is a chance police could get involved.

After a review by the district's legal counsel, the school board decided that the ban will cover weekend and evening activities, all athletic events, and pickups and drop offs.

Lucy Murphy, a smoker and mother of Anderson County students, says she doesn't see a problem with the ban.

"You're on school grounds where kids go, and they're underaged, so it shouldn't be around them period, even if it is your own personal vehicle. You can wait five minutes to get off the ground or walk 50 feet," said Murphy.

When the ban takes effect this school year, the Anderson County Schools will join a list of more than 70 districts in the state that area 100% tobacco free.