New York - 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.

New York Consolidated Laws 1399-o. Smoking and vaping restrictions.

  1. Smoking and vaping shall not be permitted and no person shall smoke or vape in the following indoor areas:

    • a. places of employment;
    • b. bars;
    • c. food service establishments, except as provided in subdivision six of section thirteen hundred ninety-nine-q of this article;
    • d. enclosed indoor areas open to the public containing a swimming pool;
    • e. public means of mass transportation, including subways, underground subway stations, and when occupied by passengers, buses, vans, taxicabs and limousines;
    • f. ticketing, boarding and waiting areas in public transportation terminals;
    • g. youth centers and facilities for detention as defined in sections five hundred twenty-seven-a and five hundred three of the executive law;
    • h. any facility that provides child care services as defined in section four hundred ten-p of the social services law, provided that such services provided in a private home are excluded from this subdivision when children enrolled in such day care are not present;
    • i. child day care centers as defined in section three hundred ninety of the social services law and child day care centers licensed by the city of New York;
    • j. group homes for children as defined in section three hundred seventy-one of the social services law;
    • k. public institutions for children as defined in section three hundred seventy-one of the social services law;
    • l. residential treatment facilities for children and youth as defined in section 1.03 of the mental hygiene law;
    • m. all public and private colleges, universities and other educational and vocational institutions, including dormitories, residence halls, and other group residential facilities that are owned or operated by such colleges, universities and other educational and vocational institutions, except that these restrictions shall not apply in any off-campus residential unit occupied by a person who is not enrolled as an undergraduate student in such college, university or other educational or vocational institution;
    • n. general hospitals and residential health care facilities as defined in article twenty-eight of this chapter, and other health care facilities licensed by the state in which persons reside; provided, however, that the provisions of this subdivision shall not prohibit smoking and vaping by patients in separate enclosed rooms of residential health care facilities, adult care facilities established or certified under title two of article seven of the social services law, community mental health residences established under section 41.44 of the mental hygiene law, or facilities where day treatment programs are provided, which are designated as smoking and vaping rooms for patients of such facilities or programs;
    • o. commercial establishments used for the purpose of carrying on or exercising any trade, profession, vocation or charitable activity;
    • p. indoor arenas;
    • q. zoos; and
    • r. bingo facilities.
  2. Smoking and vaping shall not be permitted and no person shall smoke or vape in the following outdoor areas:

    • a. ticketing, boarding or platform areas of railroad stations operated by the metropolitan transportation authority or its subsidiaries.
    • b. on the grounds of general hospitals and residential health care facilities as defined in article twenty-eight of this chapter, within fifteen feet of a building entrance or exit or within fifteen feet of the entrance to or exit from the grounds of any such general hospital or residential health care facility. This subdivision shall not prohibit smoking and vaping by a patient or a visitor or guest of a patient of a residential health care facility in a separate area on the grounds designated as a smoking and vaping area by the residential health care facility, provided such designated smoking and vaping area is not within thirty feet of any building structure (other than a non-residential structure wholly contained within the designated smoking and vaping area), including any overhang, canopy, awning, entrance, exit, window, intake or exhaust.
  3. Smoking and vaping shall not be permitted and no person shall smoke or vape within one hundred feet of the entrances, exits or outdoor areas of any public or private elementary or secondary schools; provided, however, that the provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to smoking or vaping in a residence, or within the real property boundary lines of such residential real property. The provisions of section thirteen hundred ninety-nine-p of this article shall not apply to this subdivision.

  4. Smoking and vaping shall not be permitted and no person shall smoke or vape within one hundred feet of the entrances, exits or outdoor areas of any after-school program licensed or registered pursuant to section three hundred ninety of the social services law; provided, however, that the provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to smoking or vaping in a residence, or within the real property boundary lines of such residential real property.

    • a. Use of an electronic cigarette or e-cigarette shall not be permitted on school grounds, as defined in subdivision six of section thirteen hundred ninety-nine-n of this article.
    • b. "Electronic cigarette" or "e-cigarette" shall have the same meaning as in subdivision thirteen of section thirteen hundred nine-aa of this chapter.

New York Consolidated Laws 804. Health education regarding mental health, alcohol, drugs, tobacco abuse and the prevention and detection of certain cancers.

  1. All schools shall include, as an integral part of health education, instruction so as to discourage the misuse and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and promote attitudes and behavior that enhance health, well being, and human dignity.

  2. Instruction regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs shall be included in the health education provided for all elementary school pupils and shall be taught by the regular classroom teachers or by teachers certified to teach health education. Such instruction shall be designed according to the needs and abilities of the pupils at successive grade levels with the purpose of developing desirable health behavior, attitudes, and knowledge as well as self-reliance and problem solving capacity.

  3. Instruction regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, in addition to continued health guidance in the junior high school grades and the senior high schools, shall be an integral part of a required health education course at each of these levels in the secondary schools curriculum. Students shall be required to demonstrate knowledge in the subject area through the use of a test, graded project or report, or any other means prescribed by the school authorities regarding alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Any such course shall be taught by teachers holding a certificate to teach health. Related courses in the secondary school curriculum shall be taught in a manner supportive of health education regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. In addition, instruction regarding the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall be an integral part of a required health education course in the senior high schools. Such instruction shall be provided in all senior high schools whether or not these schools also provide driver education courses.

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