SDIRC Resolution 2020-07 Passes Unanimously

Contact: Cristen Maddux
Telephone: 772-564-5527
Email  Cristen.Maddux@indianriverschools.org
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 10, 2019

SDIRC PASSES FIRST FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICT RESOLUTION TO TARGET ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES AND ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS (ENDS) AND YOUTH

Vero Beach, FL, October 10, 2019— The School District of Indian River County (SDIRC) is pleased to announce that Resolution No. 2020-07, “Electronic Cigarettes and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and Youth,” was passed unanimously at our Business meeting on Tuesday, October 8th.

SDIRC Board Chairman, Laura Zorc, stated, “In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the use of vaping and electronic cigarettes among Florida’s middle and high school students. According to the Florida Department of Health (DOH), 16% of Florida's youth (ages 11-17) currently vape. Similarly, in IRC the substance abuse survey shows that 1 in 5 youth ages 11-17 have tried vaping. Many of these students have access to these products through other students and/or older siblings. In addition to health consequences, the vaping addiction leads to the student’s inability to stay focused and alert in the classroom. We always need to be able to account for these students’ whereabouts while they are in our care. However, students faced with these addictions are more likely to skip class to vape, which leads to safety and security issues.”

“I commend the School Board, in particular Chairwoman Zorc, for taking a stand against vaping and Big Tobacco!” says Carrie Maynard-Lester, Executive Director of the Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County. “We must acknowledge this epidemic for what it is and take action. This Resolution is a key step. I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a community that cares about the health and wellness of its youth and together we will lead Florida in making positive change!”

SDIRC Superintendent, Dr. Susan Moxley, added, “We are proud to be the first school district in Florida to pass a resolution of this nature. In working with our partners at Substance Abuse Free Indian River (SAFIR), and the Substance Awareness Council (SAC), along with the attention that has been brought to electronic cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery systems by the U.S. Surgeon General, we understand that we have a duty to take measures to protect and educate our students and families of the dangers of these products, as well as other harmful substances. We hope that this resolution is only the beginning of taking steps that will support important legislation to be passed, deterring and preventing our youth from using these products; so that, eventually, we can focus more on prevention and awareness instead of addiction treatment programs.”

The next steps for the Board Chairman, and Legislative Liaison, Laura Zorc, is to add Resolution No. 2020-07 to the School Board of Indian River County’s legislative priorities, and share our resolution with other Florida School Boards, encouraging them to pass similar resolutions, showing collective support at the district level for legislation, regulation and/or other national, state and local measures to address the manufacturing of flavored ingredients in e-cigarettes and other ENDS, as well as, to prohibit the advertising, marketing, and sale of e-cigarettes and other ENDS, to youth 21 years of age or younger.

Indian River School Board Resolution 2020-07


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