(a) Not later than August 1, 2008, local boards of education shall adopt, implement,
and enforce a written policy prohibiting at all times the use of any tobacco product
by any person in school buildings, in school facilities, on school campuses, and in
or on any other school property owned or operated by the local school administrative
unit. The policy shall further prohibit the use of all tobacco products by persons attending
a school-sponsored event at a location not listed in this subsection when in the presence
of students or school personnel or in an area where smoking is otherwise prohibited
(b) The policy shall include at least all of the following elements:
(1) Adequate notice to students, parents, the public, and school personnel of the
(2) Posting of signs prohibiting at all times the use of tobacco products by any person
in and on school property.
(3) Requirements that school personnel enforce the policy.
(c) The policy may permit tobacco products to be included in instructional or research
activities in public school buildings if the activity is conducted or supervised by
the faculty member overseeing the instruction or research and the activity does not
include smoking, chewing, or otherwise ingesting the tobacco product.
(d) The North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission shall work with local
boards of education to provide assistance with the implementation of this policy including
providing information regarding smoking cessation and prevention resources. Nothing in this section, G.S. 143-595 through G.S. 143-601, or any other section prohibits a local board of education from adopting and enforcing
a more restrictive policy on the use of tobacco in school buildings, in school facilities,
on school campuses, or at school-related or school-sponsored events, and in or on
other school property.
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