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Introduced by   Representatives Koch of Barre Town, Heath of Westford, Niquette of Colchester and Pugh of S. Burlington

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Health; human services; tobacco cessation for teens

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to allow teens over age 12 to enter a state-approved tobacco cessation program without parental consent.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  18 V.S.A. § 4226(a) is amended to read:


(a)  If a minor twelve 12 years of age or older is suspected either (1) to be dependent upon regulated drugs as defined in section 4201 of this title, or (2) to have venereal disease or (3) to be an alcoholic as defined in section 8401 of this title, and the finding of such dependency or disease or alcoholism is verified by a licensed physician, the minor may give (1) his consent to medical treatment and hospitalization and, (2) in the case of a drug dependent or alcoholic person, non-medical nonmedical inpatient or outpatient treatment at a program approved by the agency of human services to provide treatment for drug dependency or alcoholism if deemed necessary by the examining physician for diagnosis or treatment of such dependency or disease or alcoholism.  A minor 12 years of age or older who is a smoker or user of tobacco products as defined in section 1001 of Title 7 may consent to tobacco cessation counseling through a program approved by the agency of human services.  Consent under this section shall not be subject to disaffirmance due to minority of the person consenting.  The consent of the parent or legal guardian of a minor consenting under this section shall not be necessary to authorize care as described above in this subsection.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont