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Tobacco Prevention and Control in Schools:Information on a Need-to-Know Basis
When it comes to tobacco prevention in schools, there are lots of people that “need to know” how to make tobacco-free schools a reality.
Tobacco use increases youth’s chances of suffering from chronic diseases and cancer.
Nicotine has been shown to decrease metabolic activity throughout the brain, making it less active.
Secondhand smoke can cause:
Tobacco is the leading killer in our country and around the world. Nearly every part of the body can be affected by tobacco.
Emerging and Unique Tobacco Products
There are more and more new tobacco products being introduced on the market. However, NO tobacco product is safe!
They are the first line of defense in making sure their kids are protected from the dangers of tobacco use.
They need to talk early and often with their kids about how to avoid tobacco use.
Even when kids don’t use tobacco, they can still be affected by it. Being exposed to secondhand smoke in the home can cause serious health effects.
Tobacco use negatively affects a student’s ability to learn in the classroom and participate in school activities.
Decreased concentration in class.
Increased absenteeism due to illness and truancy.
Decreased athletic performance due to the physical effects of nicotine and tobacco smoke.
Tobacco PreventionResources for School Administrators
(50 minutes each)
A free, private tobacco use treatment service.
Available in English, Spanish and other languages.
Helps people from every part of the state.
Now available daily during convenient times.
Available to students who have gone through ATS.
The goal of N-O-T is to help participants quit smoking or significantly reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke.
Reduces children's observation of tobacco use and provides positive role modeling regarding tobacco use, respect for state laws that limit youth access, and working and living in smoke-free places.
Supports prevention messages delivered in classrooms by sending clear, consistent non-use messages.
Provides safe environment for students by reducing exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.
“Excuse me, you’re probably not aware that the school district now has a 100 percent tobacco-free school policy in place. This means no tobacco use anywhere on campus, at any time, by anyone. We ask that everyone comply with the policy. Thanks.”
“I’m sorry, but I’ll need to ask you to comply with our school district’s 100 percent tobacco-free school policy by putting out your cigarette. The aim of our policy is to protect our students, staff, and school visitors from secondhand smoke and to model healthy behavior for all students. Thank you for your cooperation.”
“Excuse me, you may not be aware but we have a 100 percent tobacco-free school policy in place on our campus. We ask that everyone, including staff and visitors, refrain from using any tobacco products, including spit tobacco, until they leave the campus. Thanks.”
“Excuse me, you may not be aware of this but our school board recently enacted a district-wide 100 percent tobacco-free school policy. This means no tobacco use anywhere on campus, by anyone, at any time. This policy is designed to ensure a positive and healthy learning and working environment for students. Thanks."
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Prepared by Ronny Bell, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity; Sterling Fulton-Smith, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; Caley Burrus, Duke University; Sandhya Joshi, RTI International; Barri Burrus, RTI International; and Caroline Lawson, RTI International.