Smoking on school property in B.C. won’t just get you in trouble with the principal anymore, it will get you in trouble with the police.
On Sept. 2, the legislature passed the Tobacco Control Act into law making it illegal to use tobacco anywhere on school property.
The law applies to smoked or chewed tobacco and includes private vehicles parked or driving on school property. The ban is in effect 24 hours a day, 365 days a year regardless if school is in session or not.
“We are in the time when our schools will be used for craft fairs,” Prince George School District vice-chairwoman Lois Boone said.
“There is no smoking outside schools or Vanier Hall during performances. They don’t even want you smoking in your car on our property.”
Signs will be going up at schools throughout the district, but Boone warned all students, parents, sports teams and other user groups to leave school property before lighting up.
District superintendent Brian Pepper said the district will be informing the city and Northern Health that the law applies to the facilities they share.
School district policy has banned smoking for 20 years, however now is backed up with provincial law.
The ban doesn’t apply to traditional aboriginal ceremonies involving tobacco.