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Tobacco-Free Schools

Teacher and StudentOn Thursday, June 28th, 2007, the North Carolina General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring all school systems in the state to become 100% tobacco-free. Though the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education had passed their own tobacco-free policy just days before, the new state law will replace their policy.

The policy adopted by the school board allowed an exemption for school property where students are not present. With the new state law, even the areas around the administration building and maintenance garages will become 100% smoke-free.

A 100% Tobacco-Free School policy prohibits all tobacco use anytime, anywhere, by anyone, on all school property and at all school-sponsored events. Over ¾ of all school districts in North Carolina were already 100% tobacco free.

Why is tobacco-free important?