Tobacco Education

For more information or to register please call us at (864) 467-3753.

In August of 2006 the Youth Access to Tobacco Prevention Act went into effect across the state of South Carolina. This act states that is unlawful for a minor under the age of 18 to purchase, possess, or attempt to possess tobacco products and/or to present false proof of age in an attempt to purchase or possess these products.

Did you know that violation of the Youth Access to Tobacco Prevention Act can result in a minimum $106 fine (includes court costs and fees), 5 hours of community service, and completion of a DHEC approved tobacco education or cessation program? Did you also know that an individualís failure to complete his/her sentence gives the court the option to restrict driving privileges for 90 days or to deny issuance of a driverís license 90 days past eligibility?

The South Carolina Tobacco Education Program (SC TEP) is a 4-hour program offered as an alternative to penalties for:

  • Students who face suspension for violation of a school tobacco-use policy
  • Young people who break one of the stateís laws regarding underage tobacco use.

Participants of the South Carolina Tobacco Education Program (SC TEP) will learn:

  • Facts and myths about tobacco use
  • Effects of tobacco use
  • Signs and characteristics of addiction
  • Healthy alternatives and resources to quit using tobacco.

Download the Tobacco Education Brochure