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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  • by HH Location: Prestonsburg on Sep 6, 2007 at 10:29 AM
    I understand some of the non smoking things, but good grief, Parents are the ones who are paying taxes and fees to those schools. Give them a smoking area, I am a smoker and do not smoke in the stands as it is not a nice thing to do, but I also want to enjoy a game or 2 every year. I really have not seen very many parents smoking in the stands, but gosh all of that soda that is spilled on the seats and kids running up the bleachers spilling even more food is a hazard also, so maybe, they should ban food from the stands, unbrellas, now we all have had those dripping on us..and gosh the cologne that some men and women wear would kill most of us. there has to be an easier solution to all of this. These kids are smoking all over the place there, bathrooms are the worse, and then walk across alley to side walk, and look right at teachers, light up, because they can. yes to whomever it was said smoke stinks, but think about your cologne when you leave, or even your own bodyodor. not much betr
  • by JB Location: Kentucky on Sep 4, 2007 at 05:21 PM
    This is ridiculous!! I don't see why parents can't smoke while they are IN their own cars!!You know, with all the anit-smoking sentiment going around, why don't they just outlaw smoking, make it illegal.Somehow I don't think that will ever happen, because as much as they are "worried" about our health, that tax money is more important!! I am a smoker and I am so sick of all the hype. I would love to quit, but it isn't as easy as people who have never smoked think it is!! Funny thing how they are condemning the smokers, but God forbid they jump on Alcohol!! At least I can drive a car and smoke and not endanger anyone but myself, but drinking and driving, that is a different story...How about some tax hikes on the alcohol too!! Figure out some other way to get people to quit instead of treating us like social rejects!!
  • by Bill Location: Everywhere on Sep 4, 2007 at 04:04 PM
    When will smokers learn that their stinking habit is not wanted. Smokers stink. They get a shower, put on clean clothes, smoke a cigarette and then they need to start all over again. Wise up smokers. You stink! Just quit!
  • by Sara Location: Prestonsburg on Sep 4, 2007 at 03:57 PM
    Finally! Now people can enjoy the games. If people are really there to watch their children or support the team, why should this even be an issue.
  • by Prestonsburg Parent Location: Prestonsburg on Sep 4, 2007 at 03:38 PM
    Guess I can save my money for my smokes, because I will not be attending football games at Prestonsburg High anymore. Now if they want to stop the smoking there, put someone in the bathrooms to monitor them, during school hours.


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