Alaska - Tobacco-Free Environments: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law prohibits any smoking or use of tobacco products on school grounds when students are present and/or requires districts to adopt tobacco-free school policies that address some CDC components.

Alaska Statutes 2017 Section 14.35.305 Places where smoking is prohibited.

Smoking in any form is prohibited in the following indoor places:
(1)  a public or private elementary or secondary school, preschool, or children’s day care facility; if the school, preschool, or day care facility is in a building that is also a private residence, this paragraph applies only during the hours when the residence is being used as an elementary or secondary school, preschool, or children’s day care facility and to the rooms used as an elementary or secondary school, preschool, or children’s day care facility; if the school, preschool, or day care facility is in a building that includes more than one private residence or units that are not private residences, this paragraph applies only to the private residence in which the elementary or secondary school, preschool, or children’s day care facility is located; the prohibition in this paragraph does not apply to a designated smoking area that is properly ventilated or equipped with an exhaust fan in a public or private elementary or secondary school if the area is located in a room where minors are not permitted and a smoking area must be designated in the school to comply with a collective bargaining agreement covering employees who work in the school;
(2)  a room, chamber, or other place under the control of the state or a political subdivision of the state while a public meeting or public assembly is in progress;
(3)  an office where dental care, health care, or the healing arts are practiced, a public or private laboratory associated with dental care, health care, or the healing arts if the laboratory is located within the same premises as an office where dental care, health care, or the healing arts are practiced, and a public or private hospital, or other nonresidential health care institution or facility; this paragraph does not apply to a public or private office or facility that is engaged primarily in providing mental health services;
(4)  an elevator.


Alaska Statutes 2017 Section 14.35.320 Designation of smoking sections.

(a)  A person in charge of an indoor place or vehicle of public transportation described in AS 18.35.300 may designate portions of the place or vehicle as smoking sections. For purposes of this section, “vehicle of public transportation” does not include a taxicab or limousine for hire, and “indoor place” does not include an elevator.
(b)  The person who chairs the Rules Committee in a house of the legislature is responsible for the designation of smoking sections under this section in the legislative offices, committee rooms, and other places under the control of that house. The authority to designate a smoking section may not be used to impede the work of a conference committee.
(c)  A person who designates a smoking section under this section shall make reasonable accommodations to protect the health of the nonsmokers who use the place or vehicle by separation, partition, or ventilation that ensures that nonsmokers in the place or vehicle are not subject to the active by-products of smoke from smokers in the place or vehicle.
(d)  Notwithstanding any other provision in this chapter, a smoking section may not be designated under this section for students on the grounds of or in an elementary or secondary school, indoors or outdoors.


Alaska Statutes 2017 Section 14.35.330 Display of smoking and no smoking signs.

(a)  A person in charge of a place or vehicle described in AS 18.35.300 or 18.35.305, except a limousine for hire or taxicab, shall conspicuously display in the place or vehicle a sign that reads “Smoking Prohibited by Law — Maximum Fine $50” and that includes the international symbol for no smoking.
(b)  In a place or vehicle in which a smoking section has been designated under AS 18.35.320, the person in charge of the place or vehicle shall conspicuously display signs that specify the portions of the place or vehicle in which smoking is allowed by law and in which smoking is prohibited by law.
(c)  A sign required by this section must be at least 18 inches wide and six inches high, with lettering at least 1.25 inches high.
(d)  The department shall furnish signs required under this section to a person who requests them with the intention of displaying them.

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