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E-Cigarettes/Vaping addressed by National BSA

In May 2014 the Risk Management Advisory panel (RMAP) which is made up of two Scout executives from each region passed a motion recommending to the Chief Scout Executive that vaping be added to BSA’s tobacco use policy. Wayne Brock has approved this recommendation and therefore effective with the October 2014 Guide To Safe Scouting electronic updates Section IV Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Use and Abuse the second paragraph of the Tobacco section will contain a new sentence that states: This includes the use of electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers or electronic nicotine delivery systems which simulates tobacco smoking.

The new section reads as follows:


Adult leaders should support the attitude that they, as well as youth, are better off without tobacco in any form and may not allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA activity involving youth participants. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems that simulate tobacco smoking.

All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all participants.

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