California - Tobacco-Free Environments: Policy or Plan Requirements

Policy Or Plan Requirements
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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.

Callifornia Health and Safety Code 104420 Tobacco Use Prevention

The State Department of Education shall provide the leadership for the successful implementation of this article in programs administered by local public and private schools, school districts, and county offices of education. The State Department of Education shall do all of the following:

(a) Provide a planning and technical assistance program to carry out its responsibilities under this article.

(b) Provide guidelines for schools, school districts, county offices of education, and school district consortia to follow in the preparation of plans for implementation of antitobacco use programs for schoolage populations.

California Health and Safety Code 104559 Tobacco Use Prohibition

(a) The use of tobacco and nicotine products is prohibited at any time in a county office of education, charter school or school district-owned or leased buildings, on school or district property, and in school or district vehicles. This includes, but is not limited to, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, clove cigarettes, and other nicotine delivery devices, such as electronic cigarettes.

(b) School districts, charter schools, and county offices of education shall prominently display signs at all entrances to school property stating “Tobacco use is prohibited.”

California Education Code 48901 Suspension or Expulsion

(a)  No school shall permit the smoking or use of a tobacco product by pupils of the school while the pupils are on campus, or while attending school-sponsored activities or while under the supervision and control of school district employees.

(b)  The governing board of any school district maintaining a high school shall take all steps it deems practical to discourage high school students from smoking.

(c)  For purposes of this section, “smoking” has the same meaning as in subdivision (c) of Section 22950.5 of the Business and Professions Code.

(d)  For purposes of this section, “tobacco product” means a product or device as defined in subdivision (d) of Section 22950.5 of the Business and Professions Code.

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