Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Sale of Tobacco to Minors Act. Changes the short title to the Prevention of Tobacco Use by Minors Act. Prohibits minors from possessing tobacco (now only the buying by and the sale and distribution to minors of tobacco is prohibited). Provides that in addition to or instead of a fine, the court may impose community service upon a minor who possesses tobacco and upon a seller or distributor of tobacco to a minor. Provides that, if a minor violates the provisions prohibiting minors from possessing any cigars, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, or tobacco in any of its forms, the court may in addition to a fine and community service, order the minor to attend a local anti-tobacco or youth diversion program. Provides that a court may order a minor convicted of or placed on supervision for a violation of the prohibition of tobacco possession by minors, and his or her parents or legal guardian, to attend a smoker's education or youth diversion program if available in the jurisdiction where the offender resides. Provides that attendance at that program shall be time-credited against any community service time imposed for a first violation. Provides that, in addition to any other penalties, the court may assess a fee against the offender for his or her attendance of the program. Defines "smoker's education program" or "youth diversion program" to include a seminar designed to educate a person on the physical and psychological effects of smoking tobacco products and the health consequences of smoking tobacco products. Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 to provide that the community service, smoker's education, and youth diversion program provisions are available to a delinquent minor under that Act. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill as introduced with these changes.
Exempts from prosecution for violations of the Act minors who purchase or posses tobacco pursuant to a "sting operation" or enforcement action against persons who illegally furnish tobacco to minors. Effective immediately.