Tobacco


Tobacco (TBC) - Level IV

Definition:

The possession, use, distribution, or sale of tobacco or nicotine products on school grounds, at school-sponsored events, or on school transportation by any person under the age of 18.

Examples

  • A student under 18 possessing and/or smoking cigarettes, cigars, etc.
  • A student under 18 possessing and/or using a nicotine dispensing device or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) such as electronic cigarettes, vape pens, hookah pens, etc.
  • A student using smokeless tobacco.

Non-Examples

  • An 18-year-old student smoking a cigar on campus.

Additional Guidelines

Although electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco, they do contain nicotine and should be reported as a SESIR tobacco incident.

Tobacco incidents should be coded as "Reported to Law Enforcement" any time a civil citation is written, whether it is by a law enforcement officer or the "designee." (See Section 569.12, Florida Statutes).

Although district codes of student conduct may make it against the district code for students age 18 and older to be smoking or using tobacco/nicotine on school campus, it still is not in violation of the state statute and should not be reported in SESIR.

Statutes

  • 386.212 Smoking prohibited near school property...
  • 569.101 Selling...or giving tobacco products to persons under 8 years of age...
  • 569.11 Possession...and purchase of tobacco products by persons under 18 years of age...
  • 877.112 Nicotine products and nicotine dispensing devices; prohibitions for minors...

Contact

Office of Safe Schools
325 West Gaines Street, Room 1302
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-5173
Julie.Collins@fldoe.org