3 Reasons Why We Need Tobacco-Free School Campuses

In Local News on July 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

1) A policy that prohibits tobacco use by all students, staff, parents, and visitors on all school property at all times puts actions behind our words. It is the single most effective thing a school can do to influence children not to use tobacco.

  • Comprehensive tobacco-free campus policy is the top recommendation from the CDC to prevent youth tobacco use.
  • There is a lot of support around Washington for a completely tobacco-free campus. About 35 parents around Washington have approached the Coalition about the need for a tobacco-free campus. The Coalition surveyed about 120 Daviess County parents at last year’s county fair, and 87% indicated support for a comprehensive tobacco-free school campus policy.

2) A comprehensive policy protects students, parents, and visitors from secondhand smoke.

  • The U.S. Surgeon General has stated there is no safe level of secondhand smoke.

3) Numerous other schools have had success with tobacco-free campus policies, including North Daviess, Shoals, Crawford County, and Pike County.

  • Because schools have been implementing this strategy in numerous counties around the state, the youth smoking rate dropped from 23% in 2006 to 18% in 2008, and more students report not being open to smoking.
  • Currently about 70% of Indiana children go to schools with tobacco-free campus policies.

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