Electronic cigarettes

John Hartigan, proprietor of Vapeology LA, a store selling electronic cigarettes and related items, takes a puff of an electronic cigarette Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at his store in Los Angeles.

The Killeen Independent School District is taking steps to make sure electronic cigarettes and related products stay off its campuses.

The district’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night on multiple measures aimed at keeping so-called “liquid nicotine” products, and merchandise that promotes those products, away from school campuses and out of activities.

The board voted to ban advertising of liquid nicotine products from school publications, such as student newspapers and yearbooks.

The board also voted to amend the district’s dress code to ban clothing that promotes or depicts the use of liquid nicotine products, which, according to some reports, are popular with teenagers.

While district policy prohibits the use, promotion and possession of tobacco products on campuses, the policy does not address the use of liquid nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes, according to a written report given to board members at Monday’s meeting.

The measures passed Monday would include these products in conjunction with the ban on tobacco-related products already in place at all Killeen ISD facilities.

“Liquid nicotine products are becoming increasingly popular, and are used as an alternative to traditional tobacco products,” the report stated.

Like tobacco, a person must be at least 18 to legally buy e-cigarettes in Texas.

The board also voted to change the Killeen ISD facilities-use policy to prohibit the use, sale or promotion of liquid nicotine products during nonschool events held on campuses.

“This policy will alert any and all persons looking to use our facilities that this is a banned substance,” said Joseph Welch, executive director for Student Services for the district.

In other business, the board voted 7-0 to approve the district’s annual financial audit.

The district received an “unqualified” opinion on its fiscal year 2013 audit, meaning its financial controls, record keeping and information were accurately presented. The district also had no findings on its audit, according to Lott, Vernon & Company.

“It’s an otherwise clean opinion, which is what you are looking for,” said Dane Legg, a partner at Lott, Vernon, and Company.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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