Lawmaker renews efforts to ban nicotine in PA schools

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 11, 2013 4:35 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Efforts to ban all products containing nicotine from school grounds in Pennsylvania are getting a renewed push at the state Capitol.

Representative Deberah Kula wants to keep products like mints, gum and drinks that include the stimulant typically found in tobacco products off of school property.

The western Pennsylvania Democrat's bill is a second attempt to establish a ban after a similar measure passed the House last session but failed to make it to the Senate floor.

"I just truly hope that more people will take up the cry out there and let leadership and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee know that this is an important bill that will help our young people," Kula says.

Under the plan, students caught with nicotine-containing substances could be fined up to $50, with the money going to the school.

Tobacco products are already banned on school grounds.

The bill is now in the House Judiciary Committee.

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