Every day in the United States, nearly 4,000 young people light up a cigarette for the very first time. We are all familiar with the physical diseases caused by tobacco use: cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory ailments. But recent research indicates that nicotine also has devastating effects on the developing brains of children and teenagers and can be linked to brain damage, alcohol and other drug abuse, and mental illness.
Teachers, parents, physicians, and other adults who work with youth need education, training and support that helps them talk to young people about tobacco use in a way that provides a consistent message from many points of view. Preventing youth tobacco initiation and helping those who already smoke or chew quit is imperative.
This comprehensive toolkit includes tools, templates and information on implementing effective policies and procedures to promote a tobacco-free school. Designed for administrators, counselors, social workers, student assistance professionals, and educators, the toolkit is Pennsylvania (PA) specific, and in a convenient downloadable PDF format. It will assist you in implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines to Prevent Tobacco Use and Addiction. All technical assistance for strengthening your school’s tobacco policy is free.
For more information, or to implement any of these programs in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Lancaster, Schuylkill, or Bucks Counties,
Please contact Kate Genthert by email at Kaitlyn.Genthert@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 484-444-0412
or Danielle Dickerson by email at Danielle.Dickerson@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 610-363-1488