R.I. toughens penalty for underage smoking

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly this month approved legislation toughening penalties for underage smoking. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



RHODE ISLAND & MASSACHUSETTS NEWS BRIEFS

R.I. toughens penalty for underage smoking

Posted 6/18/12

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly this month approved legislation toughening penalties for underage smoking.

Under existing law, use of tobacco products by those under 18 carries a penalty of either 30 hours of community service or participation in a tobacco-treatment program. Under the legislation passed by lawmakers, both parts of the penalty would be mandatory.

“A treatment program may be seen as a punishment for violating the law, but I see it as a chance to help young people make better judgments about how they treat their bodies,” said bill sponsor Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio, D-Providence. “It is a chance for them to relearn, or perhaps learn for the first time, the hazardous effects of smoking.”

House Majority Whip J. Patrick O’Neill, D-Pawtucket, also sponsored the change.

“It makes a lot of sense to require treatment for kids who are caught smoking,” he said. “Trying to help them quit is an effort to … perhaps save them from a lifetime of health problems.”

The bill now moves to Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee for his approval. •

Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Join PBN and two panels of successful female executives, business owners and entrepreneurs as we delve into what women should do to advance their careers, and become leaders in the corporate world and their own enterprises.
  • Book of Lists Party
    Save the date - January 15, 2015 for PBN's Book of Lists Party at the Providence ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News
    Advertisement