House Education Panel Bans Nicotine Use in Schools

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Friday, January 20, 2012

The Iowa House Education Committee has unanimously approved a bill banning the use of all nicotine products on school property, amid fears new smokeless and dissolvable tobacco products are easier for students to use. 

State law already allows school boards to suspend or expel a student for the use or possession of tobacco, alcohol or controlled substances on school grounds. 

The bill approved Thursday expands those rules to include all nicotine products. Products used to help someone quit smoking are excluded. 

Committee Chairman Republican Greg Forristall, of Macedonia, says nicotine products resembling toothpicks, mints or breath strips are being marketed to young people. 

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