Gov. Mills signs Millett bill to protect health of Maine children by prohibiting electronic smoking devices on school grounds
Augusta — Gov. Janet Mills announced today that she has signed legislation to protect the health of Maine children. LD 152 “An Act to Prohibit the Possession and Use of Electronic Smoking Devices on School Grounds,” sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Millett, D-Cape Elizabeth, bans the use or possession of all electronic smoking devices and tobacco products on school grounds, school buses and at any school-sponsored event.
According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Monitoring the Future survey, teen vaping rose dramatically last year with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting “any vaping” in the past 12 months, up nearly 10 percentage points from 27.8 percent in 2017.
“I submitted this bill after hearing from Maine teens about how worried they were about e-cigarette use among their peers,” said Sen. Millett. “I’m very pleased Gov. Mills has signed this bill into law. It’s time we listen to our kids, and do everything we can to make sure schools are truly healthy learning environments.”
“Over the last several decades, we have made significant progress in reducing youth smoking but vaping presents a new and emerging threat to the health of Maine children — and that is unacceptable,” said Gov. Mills. “By banning electronic smoking devices from school grounds, we are taking an important step in protecting the welfare of our children and sending the clear message that smoking, in any form, is a threat to their health and their future.”
The law will take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die.