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Atascadero USD |  BP  3513.3  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Tobacco-Free Schools   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes the health hazards associated with smoking and the use of tobacco and nicotine products, including the breathing of second-hand smoke, are inconsistent with its goal to provide a healthy environment for students and staff.

(cf. 3514 - Environmental Safety)

(cf. 4159/4259/4359 - Employee Assistance Programs)

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

The Board prohibits the use of products containing tobacco or nicotine, including, but not limited to, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, and clove cigarettes, at any time in district-owned or leased buildings, on district property and in district vehicles. This prohibition also applies to electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as electronic cigarettes, electronic hookahs, and other vapor emitting devices, with or without nicotine content, that mimic the use of tobacco products. (Health and Safety Code 104420; Labor Code 6404.5; 20 USC 6083)

These prohibitions do not apply to a student's possession or use of his/her own cessation aids such as nicotine patches or nicotine gum. Student use or possession of such products must conform to laws governing student use and possession of medications on school property. (Education Code 48900, 48901)

This prohibition applies to all employees, students and visitors at any school-sponsored instructional program, activity or athletic event held on or off district property. Any written joint use agreement governing community use of district facilities or grounds shall include notice of the district's tobacco-free schools policy and consequences for violations of the policy.

(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)

(cf. 1330.1 - Joint Use Agreements)

Smoking means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying of any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, tobacco, or plant product intended for inhalation, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or form, and includes the use of an electronic smoking device that creates aerosol or vapor or of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking. (Business and Professions Code 22950.5; Education Code 48901)

Tobacco products include: (Business and Professions Code 22950.5; Education Code 48901)

1. Any product containing, made, or derived from tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, or snuff

2. An electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe, or hookah

3. Any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product, whether or not sold separately

Smoking or use of any tobacco-related products and disposal of any tobacco-related waste are prohibited within 25 feet of any campus, except on a public sidewalk located within 25 feet of the campus. In addition, any form of intimidation, threat, or retaliation against a person for attempting to enforce this policy is prohibited. (Health and Safety Code 104495)

Legal Reference:


48900 Grounds for suspension/expulsion

48901 Prohibition against tobacco use by students


22950.5 Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act; definitions


39002 Control of air pollution from nonvehicular sources

104350-104495 Tobacco use prevention, especially:

104495 Prohibition of smoking and tobacco waste on playgrounds

104559 Tobacco use prohibition

119405 Unlawful to sell or furnish electronic cigarettes to minors


3300 Employer, definition

6304 Safe and healthful workplace

6404.5 Occupational safety and health; use of tobacco products


6083 Nonsmoking policy for children's services

7111-7122 Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants


1140.1-1140.34 Unlawful sale of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to minors


Eureka Teachers Assn. v. Eureka City School District (1992) PERB Order #955 (16 PERC 23168)

CSEA #506 and Associated Teachers of Metropolitan Riverside v. Riverside Unified School District (1989) PERB Order #750 (13 PERC 20147)

Management Resources:


California Department of Education, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention:

California Department of Education, Tobacco-Free School District Certification:

California Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control:

Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:


adopted: February 4, 2003 Atascadero, California

revised: April 8, 2014

revised: September 6, 2016