Tobacco Use 

The Board of Education recognizes that smoking/tobacco use presents a significant health hazard that has been shown to have serious consequences for both the smoker/user and the nonsmoker and is, therefore, an undesirable activity. The Board recognizes its duty to protect students and staff who do not smoke/use tobacco from an environment that is noxious to them and may result in serious health problems if not properly controlled. Moreover, the information shared with students in health classes and throughout the curriculum shall be consistent with the policies of the Board, as well as the Board’s position regarding the hazards of tobacco use.

Therefore, it shall be the policy of the school district that there shall be no use of tobacco by any person in any building or any district property and any school-owned and operated vehicles at any time except as part of classroom instruction or theatrical presentations, with the approval of the principal.

The tobacco policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products in addition to nicotine products such as e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices.

The Princeton High School procedures for failure to comply with the Princeton Board of Education tobacco policy and ordinance 2011-01 are listed below:

  • First Offense
    • Written notification to parents
    • Mandatory meeting with Student Assistance Coordinator
  • Second Offense
    • Written notification to parents
    • Two Mandatory Smoking Cessation meetings with Student Assistance Coordinator 
  • Third Offense 
    • Two after-school detentions 
    • Mandatory Parent Meeting
    • Loss of campus privileges
    • Alternative to Suspension Program
      • Three Mandatory Smoking Cessation sessions with Student Assistance Coordinator
  • Fourth and Subsequent Offenses
    • Written notification to parents
    • Day suspension
    • Referral to Princeton Regional Health Commission
      • Possible $25-$500 per offense fine as per local ordinance 2011-01

Failure to comply with the Alternative-to Suspension program as outlined in the above procedures may result in suspension.

The Princeton Regional Health Commission has created a smoke-free school zone in public right-of-ways in the vicinity of all schools within the borough and township of Princeton. (Ordinance 2011- 01):

It shall be unlawful for any individual under the age of 19 to use or possess in plain public view a cigarette or any other tobacco product on or within 1,000 feet of any elementary or secondary educational institution when classes or other student activities are in session and one hour before and one hour after such activities.