The board of the Missoula County Public Schools has approved a policy banning electronic cigarettes.

The board earlier this month updated policy language that closely follows language from an Office of Public Instruction policy recommendation banning nicotine innovations at school events and on school campuses.

E-cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine or other substances to the smoker in the form of a vapor. They are powered by small lithium ion-batteries. Industry officials say there is no possible harm to the public from their use.

The Office of Public Instruction last year sent out a memo asking school districts to update their tobacco policies to include language banning e-cigarettes.

Associated Press