School Policy Page

The single most important part of a school program is policy. A curriculum that teaches the harmful effects of smoking is not very effective when students see teachers and others smoking on school grounds. Many Kansas schools are adopting tobacco-free grounds policies that are in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include sporting event venues.

An exemplary school tobacco policy would include the following

  • Prohibits tobacco use on all school grounds and school-owned property 24 hours a day by any student, staff or visitor and includes an enforcement component.
  • Prohibits tobacco industry advertising, marketing and sponsorship on school property, at school functions and in school publications.
  • Uses signage to advertise policy.
  • Offers a cessation program for anyone in violation of the policy.
  • Prohibits exhibition of tobacco-related gear or paraphernalia.
  • Prohibits school acceptance of gifts or funds from the tobacco industry.

Congratulations to the many school districts in Kansas that have enacted school tobacco policies.