The Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would ban all tobacco products at public schools, and at all school-sponsored activities.
On Wednesday, the Senate voted 25-8 to send the bill to the House, which must approve the measure before it could be signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin.
Republican Sen. Ralph Alvarado, who is the bill’s sponsor and also a doctor, told media members that the law is intended to reduce the state's high rate of youth smoking. The Department of Education says 36 percent of Kentucky’s 173 Kentucky school districts currently ban tobacco products.
Local school boards would have to determine how to enforce the ban, but the legislation dictates that punishments could not include incarceration, suspension or expulsion of a student.