Connecticut Cracks Down on Teen Smoking..

January 30, 2009 - Under a new law that went into effect this month, it is now unlawful for anyone in CT under the age of 18 to use, smoke or possess smoking products in a public place, including chewing tobacco. The violation carries a fine of $50 for the first offense and a $100 fine for further offenses. Minors who purchase or misrepresent their age to purchase tobacco can be fined $50 for the first offense and $100 for further offenses. And last year, selling or giving tobacco products to a minor began carrying a $200 infraction for the first offense, $350 for the second offense and a $500 infraction for further offenses.

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association (ALA), almost 90 percent of adult smokers start before age 18. It’s crucial to reach potential smokers in grade school and middle and high school with more strict laws and prevention programs. Since the best way to stop smoking is to never start, anything that deters kids from starting the habit is good news to us.

Tobacco & Connecticut.

Reference: Connecticut Cracks Down on Teen Smoking, Botvin LifeSkills Training, 1/23/2009; The good and bad news about smoking, Staff Reports, New Canaan News, 1/29/2009.


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