Mississippi - 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.

Mississippi Code 1972 37-13-134 Comprehensive School HEalth Education Program

(2) Beginning with the 2006-2007 school year, each local school board shall, consistent with regulations adopted by the State Board of Education, adopt a school wellness plan which shall promote a healthy lifestyle for Mississippi's school children and staff. Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, the school wellness plan shall also promote increased physical activity, healthy eating habits and abstinence from the use of tobacco and illegal drugs through programs that incorporate healthy lifestyle choices into core subject areas which may be developed in partnership with the Institute for America's Health.

Mississippi Code 1972 97-32-29 Use of tobacco by adults on certain educational property prohibited; penalties for violation.

No person shall use any tobacco product on any educational property as defined in Section 97-32-27. Any adult who violates this section shall be subject to a fine and shall be liable as follows: (a) for a first conviction, a warning; (b) for a second conviction, a fine of Seventy-five Dollars ($75.00); and (c) for all subsequent convictions, a fine not to exceed One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) shall be imposed.

Any adult found in violation of this section shall be issued a citation by a law enforcement officer, which citation shall include notice of the date, time and location for hearing before the justice court having jurisdiction where the violation is alleged to have occurred. For the purposes of this section, “subsequent convictions” are for violations committed on any educational property within the State of Mississippi.

Anyone convicted under this article shall be recorded as being fined for a civil violation of this article and not for violating a criminal statute.

It is the responsibility of all law enforcement officers and law enforcement agencies of this state to ensure that the provisions of this article are enforced.

Mississippi Code 1972 97-32-9 Juvenile purchase, possession and consumption of tobacco.

No person under eighteen (18) years of age shall purchase any tobacco product. No student of any high school, junior high school or elementary school shall possess tobacco on any educational property as defined in Section 97-37-17.

  • (a) If a person under eighteen (18) years of age is found by a court to be in violation of any other statute and is also found to be in possession of a tobacco product, the court may order the minor to perform up to three (3) hours of community service, in addition to any other punishment imposed by the court.

  • (b) A violation under this section is not to be recorded on the criminal history of the minor and, upon proof of satisfaction of the court’s order, the record shall be expunged from any records other than youth court records.

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