Mineral Wells ISD’s school board revisited its vaping policy at its March 25 meeting, approving a proposal to revise the policy on e-cigarettes on school premises. The policy “prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes or any other electronic vaporizing device on district property at all times.”
Some adults, unaware of the district’s vaping policy, had been using the devices on campus, so the board’s revision of the policy is meant to address public awareness of the policy, as a reminder to those visiting MWISD campuses,
Superintendent Gail Haterius said. This policy is similar to those on alcohol and tobacco use on campuses and is meant for the safety and security of students.
School stadiums do have signs that convey the policy, she said.
Those who have used the devices on campus have been happy to comply with the policy when asked not to use them, she said.
Area restaurants have varied policies on e-cigarette use, usually restricting the devices to smoking sections.
“We’re pretty much against them as corporate policy,” Aaron Lockstedt, Chili’s general manager said, “but, you can still use them in the smoking section.”
Other restaurants, such as Chicken Express in Mineral Wells, haven’t developed policies regarding e-cigarettes, according to local employees.
“None of the employees smoke and it hasn’t been brought up [for employees or customers],” Keith Burks, manager of Chicken Express said. “I haven’t seen anybody [restaurant customers] using them.”
In Mineral Wells vaping enthusiasts tend to respect policies and preferences, Saldana said.
“We respect what other people think,” she said.