LEGEND has it that school smokers are found behind the bike sheds. The truth is, most smoking takes place at the gates, and it’s parents who are responsible.
Many children walk in and out of venues through clouds of second-hand smoke. That’s why Tameside Council wants the borough’s schools to sign up to a Smokefree Gates policy.
Council-leader Cllr Brenda Warrington, the authority’s lead for health, said: “Everyone must be aware of the dangers of tobacco. It’s the biggest cause of preventable death and linked to many diseases including cancer. Children exposed to smoking are significantly more likely to take up the habit themselves.
“That’s why we want Tameside’s schools to sign up to a Smokefree Gates policy in addition to any other no-smoking or Smokefree measures they already have in place.
“Teachers and pupils regularly say that they want to do their learning in green and healthy places. It’s a belief encapsulated in the term ‘little lungs matter’.”
Schools are being contacted through the PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) network and head teacher forums. Schools wanting to take up the initiative can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Signage and other resources can be supplied as well as lesson plans and training for staff.
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