KY Senate Committee Approves Bill to Ban Tobacco Use on School Property

Feb 9, 2017

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The Senate Education Committee has approved legislation that would ban tobacco products on public school property in Kentucky and at school-sponsored activities.

The measure's chief sponsor is Republican Sen. Ralph Alvarado, who is a medical doctor. The bill — aimed at reducing Kentucky's youth smoking rates — sailed through committee on Thursday.


Alvarado says that cutting youth smoking would save lives, make students healthier and reduce costs to treat smoking-related illnesses.


The bill would prohibit use of tobacco products by students, school employees and visitors in schools and school vehicles and at school-sponsored activities.


Alvarado says school boards would be expected to act within a year with policies to prohibit tobacco products in buildings and on campuses.


The ban also would apply to e-cigarette products.