Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2018 (HR 4019, 116th Congress)

Policy Details

Policy Details

Originating Entity
Last Action
Referred to Committee
Date of Last Action
Jul 25 2019
Congressional Session
116th Congress
Date Introduced
Jul 25 2019
Publication Date
Nov 12 2019

SciPol Summary

HR 4019, the Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2018, addresses the recent rise in under-age use of e-cigarette usage. The bill would allow for schools to access funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to educate students to reduce or eliminate the use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. Further, the bill would explicitly prohibit the use of e-cigarettes and other forms of tobacco products by amending the Pro-Children’s Act of 2001. Finally, the bill would also mandate that the Food and Drug Administration conduct a study with the Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control or Prevention to address:

  • How schools can best address e-cigarette use in school, including banning e-cigarette use on school grounds or educational campaigns;
  • Knowledge gaps regarding the consequences of e-cigarette use in teenagers and young adults;
  • How dosages and responses of e-cigarettes compare to combustible tobacco smoking in teenagers and young adults; and
  • The current efforts to curb e-cigarette usage in schools.
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