LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- On Monday night, JCPS board members voted to ban smoking on all campuses and vehicles, that also includes sporting events held on school property.
“If people in this community ask me what we're doing, we're not smoking on JCPS property, that’s what we're doing,” Larry Hujo, board member, said.
The ban was initially proposed to take place in the 2014-2015 school year, but Dr. Paul Kiser, a professor at Bellarmine and tobacco free advocate, made a push two weeks ago to move the start date to the 2013-2014 school year.
“If you can make it to 18 years of age with never starting smoking your likelihood of smoking drops well below 10 percent,” Kiser said.
Students from Iroquois High School also addressed the board in support of the ban.
“I find it very disrespectful that our own parents, mentors and staff members at our schools smoke at our games and on our premises,” Terry Kitchans said.
The smoke-free policy goes into effect on July 1, 2013. School officials are confident they can educate employees and implement the new rules with ample time.
“The city of Louisville did it in 90 days, there are states that have gone 45 days and have gotten whole states smoke free, so I’m not concerned at all about 8 months in JCPS,” Kiser said.
The health department also addressed the board and said they are offering free classes to help anyone who would like to quit smoking. The new policy will be enforced by school principals. Anyone see smoking in a prohibited area will simply be asked to put it out.