Tobacco Free Environments
Tobacco Free Environments
Topic is not addressed in state statutes or regulations, but is addressed in non-codified policy.
Code of Virginia § 15.2-2824. Prohibitions on smoking generally; penalty for violation.
A. Smoking shall be prohibited in (i) elevators, regardless of capacity, except in any open material hoist elevator not intended for use by the general public; (ii) public school buses; (iii) the interior of any public elementary, intermediate, and secondary school; (iv) hospital emergency rooms; (v) local or district health departments; (vi) polling rooms; (vii) indoor service lines and cashier lines; (viii) public restrooms in any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth or any agency thereof; (ix) the interior of a child day center licensed pursuant to § 63.2-1701 that is not also used for residential purposes; however, this prohibition shall not apply to any area of a building not utilized by a child day center, unless otherwise prohibited by this chapter; and (x) public restrooms of health care facilities. B. No person shall smoke in any area or place specified in subsection A and any person who continues to smoke in such area or place after having been asked to refrain from smoking shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $ 25. C. Civil penalties assessed under this section shall be paid into the Virginia Health Care Fund established under § 32.1-366.
Code of Virginia § 15.2-2829. Mandatory provisions of ordinances.
If an ordinance is enacted by a locality in accordance with this chapter, it shall provide that it is unlawful for any person to smoke in any of the following places:
- Common areas in an educational facility, including but not limited to, classrooms, hallways, auditoriums, and public meeting rooms;
- School buses and public conveyances; and
- Any of the places governed by § 15.2-2824 or 15.2-2825.
Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.6. Board of Education guidelines and model policies for Code of student conduct; school board regulations.
H. Each school board shall include in its code of student conduct a prohibition on possessing any tobacco product or nicotine vapor product, as those terms are defined in Section 18.2-371.2, on a school bus, on school property, or at an on-site or off-site school-sponsored activity.
Code of Virginia § 22.1-79.5. Policy regarding tobacco and nicotine vapor products
Each school board shall develop and implement a policy to prohibit, at any time, the use and distribution of any tobacco product or nicotine vapor product, as those terms are defined in § 18.2-371.2, on a school bus, on school property, or at an on-site or off-site school-sponsored activity. Such policy shall include (i) provisions for its enforcement among students, employees, and visitors, including the enumeration of possible sanctions or disciplinary action consistent with state or federal law, and (ii) referrals to resources to help staff and students overcome tobacco addiction.
Each school board shall work to ensure adequate notice of this policy.
Tobacco Free Strategic Plan
This document addresses comprehensive tobacco-free schools policies