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Utah teachers can confiscate students' e-cigarettes, board rules

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Utah teachers will soon be allowed to take away e-cigarettes from students. (Photo: KUTV)

Utah teachers will soon be allowed to take away e-cigarettes from students.

The Utah School Board of Education approved the new administrative rule Thursday.

The new rule allows administrators to turn confiscated devices over to police if they suspect an illegal substance is being used. Schools will also be required to update policies on searching students for controlled substances to include the vaping devices.

The board discussed starting a reward program to prevent students from using the products.

The new rules will go into effect as early as January.

The Associated Press reports one in four high school students reported using e-cigarettes, despite federal laws that ban sales to individuals under 18.

The Center for Disease Control confirmed more than 2,000 cases of a vaping-related illness across the country; 100 were reported in Utah. A total of 39 people have died in 24 states, including Utah, from the illness.

Health officials are recommending people do not vape THC cartridges until more research can be done.



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