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SB 0375 - Cigarettes and Tobacco Related Products; additional penalties regarding any person under 21 years of age; provide; definition of vapor product; revise

Tracking Level: Monitor
Sponsor: Jeff Mullis (R)
Last Action: 7/22/2020 - Effective Date
Senate Committee: Regulated Industries and Utilities
House Committee: Ways and Means
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

SB 375 amends Title 16 of the OCGA to increase the age an individual must be for the sale or distribution of cigarettes, tobacco, and vapor products from 18 to 21 years old. For individuals under the age of 21 who violate specified code sections, the Department of Driver Services shall withhold or suspend the driving privileges of such individuals for 45 days. Individuals who are 21 years of age or older and knowingly use a vapor product within a school safety zone will be guilty of a misdemeanor and required to pay fines. All vapor products violating code shall be consider contraband and may be seized by any special agent or enforcement officer of the state revenue commissioner.

Lastly, the bill amends Title 20 to require the State Board of Education to prescribe minimum mandatory instruction on the dangers of smoking and vaping by July 1, 2020 and the local boards to implement these plans by December 31, 2020. Required resource materials will also be made available to student clubs and organizations.

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