School Officials Beef Up Smoking Ban

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

It's the newest smoking ban. This time parent's won't be allowed to smoke in the stands at football games.

It's not just smoking; Floyd County School officials are banning all tobacco products from any school events.

Parents who smoke WYMT talked to don't like the ban.

They say they're adults and should be able to make their own decisions, but Floyd County School Administrators say the ban is needed for health reasons.

Smoking is already banned inside school buildings, but outside, principals say a lot of people are lighting up.

“In recent years, it seems it's gotten a lot worse,” Prestonsburg High School Principal Ted George said.

Coming soon you won't be able to smoke outside either.

A new School Board policy bans all tobacco products on school grounds.

Even parents have to live by the rule.

“They're not allowed to light up wherever they want to,” Principal George said.

One parent, who asked to remain anonymous, says they have no right to do this, “As a parent, sitting outside waiting to pick up a child, I don't think they have the right to tell a parent they can't smoke.”

Administrators say they can on school property and they are.

School Board members say students' health is the main reason for the ban.

“If we don't get the word out smoking will kill you, and it will, we're fighting a losing battle here,” Principal George said.

The ban isn't just for outside school property; it also means no smoking in the stands at football games.

“We will police the smoking, if they don't comply with our request, they'll be escorted out,” Principal George said.

Administrators say the football stands smoking ban is to protect other fans' health.

Smokers have a month before the ban goes into effect.

October 8th is the first day on school property.

The first football games with the ban are October 12th.

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