A proposal to ban any and all tobacco products from indoor and outdoor school venues and transportation is under consideration — a recommendation made by an agency helping the Polk school district fine-tune its policy manual.
This might present difficulties for those with serious tobacco habits, making it difficult to sit through a three-hour sporting event, for example. But according to Debbie Zimmerman, the district’s wellness director, there is already a ban on tobacco at school sports events — a policy announced at the start of each game. Infractions can result in a $250 fine plus a six-week ban from the activity, according to Zimmerman, but the district’s athletic director Don Bridges said there are no fines currently levied by the schools. He did say, however, that if a coach or player is using tobacco they can be ejected by the officials and the Florida High School Athletic Association deals with the punishment.
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