2016 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
Chapter 63 - Minors
Section 6306.1 - Use of tobacco in schools prohibited

18 PA Cons Stat § 6306.1 (2016) What's This?

§ 6306.1. Use of tobacco in schools prohibited.

(a) Offense defined.--A pupil who possesses or uses tobacco in a school building, a school bus or on school property owned by, leased by or under the control of a school district commits a summary offense.

(b) Grading.--A pupil who commits an offense under this section shall be subject to prosecution initiated by the local school district and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50 for the benefit of the school district in which such offending pupil resides and to pay court costs. When a pupil is charged with violating subsection (a), the court may admit the offender to an adjudication alternative as authorized under 42 Pa.C.S. § 1520 (relating to adjudication alternative program) in lieu of imposing the fine.

(c) Nature of offense.--A summary offense under this section shall not be a criminal offense of record, shall not be reportable as a criminal act and shall not be placed on the criminal record of the offending school-age person if any such record exists.

(d) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection: "Pupil." A person between the ages of 6 and 21 years who is enrolled in school. "School." A school operated by a joint board, board of directors or school board where pupils are enrolled in compliance with Article XIII of the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, including area vocational schools and intermediate units. "Tobacco." A lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other lighted smoking product and smokeless tobacco in any form. (Dec. 4, 1996, P.L.902, No.145, eff. 60 days)

1996 Amendment. Act 145 added section 6306.1.

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