School-based law enforcers in South Carolina are set to begin enforcing a new state law that makes it illegal for minors to possess tobacco products, reports the State. The law went into effect Aug. 21. So far, deputies assigned to middle and high schools in the Columbia area have not issued citations.
At the start of school, officers wanted to give students time to understand the new law and its consequences. The Richland County Sheriff's Department said it will begin issuing citations Oct. 1. The Lexington County Sheriff's Department has issued its first citation. As of Wednesday, it was the only ticket the department had written in a school. State lawmakers adopted the law to help stem the tide of kids who become addicted to tobacco, often for life.