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Gov. Sandoval signs teen smoking ban bill

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Updated: 6/03/2013 10:05 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- One bill the Gvernor Brian Sandoval signed into law goes after teen smokers.

Currently it's a crime for kids under 18 to buy cigarettes but not to smoke them. New legislation could change that.

News 3's Elizabeth Donatelli reports from Rancho High School on what this could mean for students.

Clark County School District says it won't really affect them because buildings and events are already smoke-free and students face disciplinary actions if found violating them.

But, if they smoke across the street a possible future law could have them paying up.

As students flooded out of Rancho High School after exams many say they know a bunch of kids who are under age and smoke.

News 3 found more than one empty pack of cigarettes and butts on the edge of campus.

If students are off property CCSD has no jurisdiction of them, but under a new state law peace officers could fine them as if they were writing a traffic ticket.

Originally Senate Bill 177 would have made it a crime for teens to smoke statewide but a watered down version passed giving counties the option of drafting that ordinance.



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