Mullery introduces bill to ban use of tobacco- and nicotine-based products in Pa. schools

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery introduced a bill today that would prohibit the use of both tobacco- and nicotine-based products in all Pennsylvania schools. 

“My legislation can serve as a deterrent and help prevent our young people from becoming hooked on tobacco and nicotine and starting a costly, destructive habit,” said Mullery, D-Newport Township.

Mullery said the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ 2013 report demonstrates the need for his legislation.

According to the report, 17 percent of American high school students smoke, and 90 percent of adult smokers started the habit as teenagers. The report also found that one in three kids becomes regular, daily smokers after trying a cigarette.

Mullery added that many of the nicotine products available today are colorful and attractive to young people. He said some of these products look, smell and taste like mints, gum and other candy.

Mullery said violations of his legislation (H.B. 1189) would result in a summary offense.

The bill is expected to be referred to the House Judiciary Committee.