Rhode Island General Laws Title 11. Criminal Offenses § 11-9-13.8.1 § 11-9-13.8.1. Signs concerning the health effects of tobacco

Signs provided by the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals, or an exact duplicate of it made privately, shall:

(1) Contain red bold lettering a minimum of one-quarters of an inch (1/4″) high on a white background the following wording, in both English and Spanish:  WARNING:  SMOKING CIGARETTES CONTRIBUTES TO LUNG DISEASE, CANCER, HEART DISEASE, STROKE AND RESPIRATORY ILLNESS AND DURING PREGNANCY MAY RESULT IN LOW BIRTH WEIGHT AND PREMATURE BIRTH.

(2) The signs shall also include information regarding resources available to Rhode Island residents who would like to quit smoking.

(3) The signs shall be displayed prominently for public view wherever tobacco products are sold at each cash register, each tobacco vending machine, or any other place from which tobacco products are sold.  The signs shall be electronically available in both English and Spanish online at the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals' website.


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