BEL AIR -- Harford County's public school system will be the first in Maryland to prohibit all tobacco use in its buildings and vehicles as the result of a unanimous vote by the six-member school board last night.
The ban on use of tobacco products by school employees, including chewing tobacco, takes effect July 1.
Students are already barred from smoking on public school property statewide.
The Prince George's County school board has adopted a similar smoking ban for employees, but it will not take effect until September.
In Harford County, employees will be allowed to smoke outdoors only in areas designated by Ray R. Keech, superintendent of schools.