RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill banning tobacco use on school property.
Current laws prohibit tobacco use on school buses and in school buildings, but does not specifiy other school property. It also does not address the use of vape pens.
HB 2384 will also prevent smoking on school buses both on and off-site for school-sponsored activities.
A news release from Northam’s office said local school boards will be required to developing tobacco-free policies.
“The recent and dramatic rise in youth smoking and vaping represents a serious public health crisis that requires our attention and action,” Northam said in a statement.
The FDA recently declared that e-cigarette use among high school students is an epidemic, creating a new generation of younger people addicted to nicotine.
Between 2017 and 2018, e-cigarette use in high school students increased 78 percent.
The new law will go into effect July 1, 2019.