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Tobacco-Free Schools
March 27, 2019

Tomorrow, March 28, is the last working day of the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly, and two bills pertaining to tobacco use may receive votes that could send them to the finish line. House Bill 11, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, which would prohibit use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities by the 2020-2021 school year, is awaiting a Senate floor vote. Likewise, Senate Bill 218, sponsored by Sen. Brandon Smith, is awaiting a vote on the House floor. Senate Bill 218 is intended to curb the alarming number of children and teens susceptible to nicotine addiction through the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping products like Juuls. The legislation would establish an anonymous hotline for students to report vaping, require that parents be notified if a child was caught vaping and encourage youth who vape to enroll in local health department smoking and vaping cessation programs. It would also encourage school districts to establish awareness campaigns about health concerns surrounding vaping.

Member engagement is also critical to move these bills to the Governor’s desk. Please contact your Senator and urge their support for House Bill 11, and your Representative to urge their support for Senate Bill 218.
 
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR
AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT HOUSE BILL 11.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE 
AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT SENATE BILL 218.

Legislative Message Line: (800) 372-7181


March 19, 2019

Two bills pertaining to tobacco use are potentially still in play, as they are awaiting votes on the floor that could occur on the final day of the session, March 28. House Bill 11, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, which would prohibit use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities by the 2020-2021 school year, is awaiting a Senate floor vote. Likewise, Senate Bill 218, sponsored by Sen. Brandon Smith, is awaiting a vote on the House floor. Senate Bill 218 is intended to curb the alarming number of children and teens susceptible to nicotine addiction through the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping products like Juuls. The legislation would establish an anonymous hotline for students to report vaping, require that parents be notified if a child was caught vaping and encourage youth who vape to enroll in local health department smoking and vaping cessation programs. It would also encourage school districts to establish awareness campaigns about health concerns surrounding vaping.

KMA will continue advocating for these two important pieces of legislation, but member engagement is also critical to move these bills to the Governor’s desk. Please contact your Senator and urge their support for House Bill 11, and your Representative to urge their support for Senate Bill 218.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR
AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT HOUSE BILL 11.

Legislative Message Line: (800) 372-7181


March 12, 2019

After weeks awaiting a vote on the House floor, House Bill 11, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, passed the House by a vote of 85-11. It now moves on to the Senate. HB11 would prohibit use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities by the 2020-2021 school year. It is supported by the Smoke-free Tomorrow Coalition, of which KMA is a steering committee member.

Please contact your Senator and ask for their support on House Bill 11.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR
AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT HOUSE BILL 11.

Legislative Message Line: (800) 372-7181

March 5, 2019

House Bill 11, which would prohibit use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities by the 2020-2021 school year, is still awaiting a floor vote by the full House. This KMA priority bill, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, is supported by the Smoke-free Tomorrow Coalition, of which KMA is a steering committee member.

Please contact your Representative and urge them to bring House Bill 11 to a vote.
 
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
AND URGE THEM TO
BRING HOUSE BILL 11 TO A FLOOR VOTE.

Legislative Message Line: (800) 372-7181

Senate Bill 249, sponsored by Sen. Stephen Meredith, would raise the age required to buy tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21. The bill recently received a hearing by the Senate Agriculture Committee; however, the measure failed to receive enough votes in committee to advance. There are efforts to revive the legislation. KMA will keep members updated on any future developments.

Senate Bill 218, sponsored by Sen. Brandon Smith, passed favorably from the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Feb. 27 and now awaits the full chamber’s consideration. The bill is intended to curb the alarming number of children and teens susceptible to nicotine addiction through the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping products like Juuls. The legislation would establish an anonymous hotline for students to report vaping, require that parents be notified if a child was caught vaping and encourage youth who vape to enroll in local health department smoking and vaping cessation programs. It would also encourage school districts to establish awareness campaigns about health concerns surrounding vaping. The U.S. Surgeon General warns that nicotine exposure during adolescence could harm brain development and affect learning, memory and attention.

Please contact your Senator and ask them to support Senate Bill 218.
 
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR
AND ASK THEM TO
TO SUPPORT SENATE BILL 218.

Legislative Message Line: (800) 372-7181

February 26. 2019

House Bill 11, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, is still awaiting a vote by the full House. The bill would prohibit use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities by the 2020-2021 school year. HB11 is supported by the Smoke-free Tomorrow Coalition, of which KMA is a steering committee member.

Please contact your Representative and urge them to bring House Bill 11 to a vote.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
AND URGE THEM TO
BRING HOUSE BILL 11 TO A FLOOR VOTE.

Legislative Message Line: (800) 372-7181


February 19, 2019

Senate Bill 249 was introduced last week by Sen. Stephen Meredith and would raise the age required to buy tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21. It has not yet been assigned to a committee.

Also pertaining to tobacco is House Bill 11, the tobacco-free schools bill, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser and another KMA priority bill. It has been posted to the regular orders of the day.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
AND URGE THEM TO
BRING HOUSE BILL 11 TO A FLOOR VOTE.


Legislative Message Line: (800) 372-7181
February 12, 2019

House Bill (HB) 11, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, passed favorably from the House Health and Family Services Committee. The bill would prohibit use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities by the 2020-2021 school year. HB11 is supported by the Smoke-free Tomorrow Coalition, of which KMA is a steering committee member, and is expected to receive a vote by the full House this week.
 
PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
AND ASK THEM TO
SUPPORT HOUSE BILL 11.


Legislative Message Line: (800) 372-7181



January 15, 2019

Kentucky can enhance economic opportunity for all residents by creating a healthier future workforce. Comprehensive tobacco-free policies on school campuses are powerful tools for reducing tobacco use among teens and adolescents in Kentucky. These policies can help reduce peer pressure to use tobacco during school hours and at after-school events - creating an environment where tobacco use is not the norm.  KMA supports legislation that enacts a statewide, comprehensive tobacco-free school law that prohibits use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, vapor products and alternative nicotine products, by staff, students, and visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, inside Board-owned buildings or vehicles, on board-owned property, and during school-sponsored field trips, sports events and other activities.

Current Legislation Filed: House Bill 11, sponsored by Rep. Moser, would prohibit
use of tobacco products by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities by the 2020-2021 school year. It has been assigned to the House Health and Family Services Committee. Senate Bill 27, sponsored by Sen. Alvarado, echoes this language and has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee.

January 1, 2019

Kentucky can enhance economic opportunity for all residents by creating a healthier future workforce. Comprehensive tobacco-free policies on school campuses are powerful tools for reducing tobacco use among teens and adolescents in Kentucky.  These policies can help reduce peer pressure to use tobacco during school hours and at after-school events - creating an environment where tobacco use is not the norm.  KMA supports legislation that enacts a statewide,
comprehensivetobacco-freeschoollawthatprohibitsuse of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, vapor products and alternative nicotine products, by staff, students, and visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, inside Board-owned buildings or vehicles, on board-owned property, and during school-sponsored field trips, sports events and other activities.  According to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, 87 percent of Kentucky adults support tobacco-free school policies. This strong support is both bipartisan and found in all regions of the Commonwealth.
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