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Tobacco-Free Laws Affecting California Schools

Provides links to laws that impact youth and schools in California. Includes a link to a letter from the Superintendent of Public Instruction and a Frequently Asked Questions document.

Assembly Bill X2-9 External link opens in new window or tab. (Thurmond, 2016)
Requires all California public schools to prohibit the use of tobacco and nicotine products at any time on county office of education (COE), charter school, or school district-owned or leased property including vehicles. The bill further requires all school districts, charter schools and COEs to prominently display signs at all entrances to the school property stating “Tobacco Use is Prohibited.”

In addition, AB X2-9 amended HSC Section 104420(n)(2) requiring all school districts, charter schools, and COEs that receive Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) grant funding amend their current Tobacco-Free School Policies to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes to comply with HSC tobacco-free certification requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions and answers about new California tobacco control laws.

Letter from Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Letter informing local education agencies of new tobacco control laws that affect schools and informing those agencies of their responsibilities under the new laws.

Senate Bill X2-5 External link opens in new window or tab. (Leno, 2016)
Defines the term “smoking” and changes the definition of the term “tobacco products” to include electronic smoking devices. With these changes, it is no longer permissible for students to use or possess any tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices under Section 48901 of the California Education Code.

Questions: Sarah Planche | | 916-319-0193 
Last Reviewed: Monday, July 9, 2018