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Tobacco Reduction: School Policy


  • Tobacco reduction,
  • Policy environment,
  • Schools,

Supporting tobacco reduction policy in schools

High-impact: schools

How to implement

  • Consult with students and staff to plan and implement tobacco-free policies in schools.1-4
  • Policies should:
    • Emphasize tobacco use prevention and cessation.2, 4
    • Incorporate tobacco education in the curriculum, along with wider programming (e.g., school fairs, guest speakers).4, 5
    • Consider the cultural, educational and physical needs of students.4
    • Provide teachers with training and resources to offer tobacco education.4, 6

Action on Smoking and Health’s School Board Resource Hub includes tools and resources to support smoke-free school policies, including a Model School Board Tobacco Policy and a chart of school board policies across Alberta.

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  1. Gabble R, Babayan A, DiSante E, Schwartz R. Smoking cessation interventions for youth. Toronto (ON): Ontario Tobacco Research Unit; 2015. Available from:
  2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Stop smoking services. NICE guideline. London: NICE; 2008. Available from:
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Preventing tobacco use among youth and young adults: a report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta (GA): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2012. Available from:
  4. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Smoking prevention in schools. NICE guideline. London: NICE; 2010. Available from:
  5. Harvey J, Chadi N. Preventing smoking in children and adolescents: recommendations for practice and policy. J Paediatr Child Health. 2016;21(4):209. Available from:
  6. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Smokeless tobacco: South Asian communities. NICE guideline. London: NICE; 2012. Available from:
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