Virginia - 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.

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 § 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 electronic cigarettes on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity.

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:

  1. Common areas in an educational facility, including but not limited to, classrooms, hallways, auditoriums, and public meeting rooms;
  2. School buses and public conveyances; and
  3. Any of the places governed by § 15.2-2824 or 15.2-2825.
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