Non-profit encourages districts to go tobacco free inside and outside of schools

In an op-ed piece in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Susan Zepeda, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, encourages school districts to adopt comprehensive tobacco-free policies.

“Many believe that schools are already tobacco-free, but this is only partially true,” she writes. “While smoking is prohibited inside school buildings, weak policies at many schools mean staff and students continue to light up on school grounds. About 10 percent of Kentucky high school students report smoking on school property, according to the 2009 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey.”
Zepeda encourages school districts to adopt tobacco-free school policies, which prohibit tobacco products for anyone on school property or at school-sponsored events, such as field trips and sporting events.
“The 2010 Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows that nearly nine in 10 (86 percent) Kentuckians favor 100 percent tobacco-free school policies,” Zepeda writes. “While support for these policies was strongest among those who have never smoked, a solid majority of current smokers (75 percent) also supported 100 percent tobacco-free school policies. Clearly, 100 percent tobacco-free policies are an easy win for school districts.” (Read more)
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