Virginia Governor Signs Tobacco-Free Schools Legislation

March 7, 2019 AT 7:05 AM

By 13 News Now

Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill that will require all local school boards to develop and implements a comprehensive tobacco-free policy banning the use and distribution of any tobacco product or nicotine vapor product.

The bill, House Bill 2384 and Senate Bill 1295, will prohibit anyone from using or distributing the tobacco products on a school bus, on school property, and at on-site and off-site school-sponsored activities.

Current law prohibits smoking on school buses and in a school building, but it does not address smoking on other school property like school grounds or school-sponsored events, or other types of tobacco products, such as electronic cigarettes.

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