FORT WORTH — School trustees voted Tuesday night to ban e-cigarettes on Fort Worth school district property.The electronic vaporizing devices, also known as e-cigs, joined the list of prohibited conduct that includes weapons and abusive language.The policy revision bans electronic cigarettes “or any electronic vaporizing devices of any kind” from school district property. Superintendent Walter Dansby recommended the revision.The vote was 6-0. Trustees Ann Sutherland and Ashley Paz were absent. Trustee Judy Needham abstained.At least one other district in North Texas, the Desoto school district, has a similar policy, according to news reports.No students spoke to ask trustees to rethink their decision. But a school employee was there.Ben Salaz, a print shop supervisor, said he depends on e-cigarettes to help him quit smoking regular cigarettes. He urged the board to apply the ban to students only.“Rather than have a blanket ban on e-cigarettes from school property, let’s consider an age stipulation,” Salaz said to trustees.“I am a smoker, and I have been for over 40 years,” Salaz said. “Not being able to use this device at my workplace is going to make it harder to quit.”Critics of the devices say e-cigarettes contain nicotine and are addictive.
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