SMOKE-FREE SCHOOL POLICY
In April 2018, Tobacco Free Rhode Island hosted a state-wide tobacco education trainings to reflect on recent data regarding youth tobacco and e-cigarette use. At this training, we took notice that administrators, faculty, and staff were looking for ways to raise awareness and be in compliance with Rhode Island's newly passed law prohibiting e-cigarette smoking in all public schools. Below, you will find a document that was created in response to that need. We hope you find the information useful.
With generous funding from CVS Health, and Tobacco Free Rhode Island serving as the convener, we began a year-long process of gathering stakeholders in an effort to create a recommended policy for Rhode Island Schools that would ensure compliance with the new smoke-free school requirement. This dedicated group comprised of school administrators, disciplinarians, state agency staff, medical professionals, prevention specialists, students, school resource officers, student assistance counselors, and parents who provided insight and their technical expertise which you will find reflected in the policy. This workgroup utilized research about school policy gathered from around the nation and their own expertise to draft the attached recommended school policy. The collaborative drafted and endorsed the attached model policy that we hope will assist you as you work toward implementing a policy for your school.
In August 2018, with the collaboration of Network Partners such as the Regional and Municipal Prevention Coalitions, Tobacco Free Rhode Island delivered a toolkit that included three metal smoke-free school signs to every elementary, middle, and high school in the state declaring that smoking e-cigarettes in or on school property is a violation of Rhode Island General Law. Not sure where your signs ended up? Feel free to reach out! Email Dan at Daniel.Fitzgerald@lung.org.
Please, utilize this policy and reach out if you are in need of technical assistance to help make this process as smooth as possible. Below you will find additional educational resources that may be of assistance to you.
Rhode Island Smoke-Free School Law
Download Smoke-Free School Signage
RI Model Policy – Enforcing a Smoke-Free School
Additional Educational Resources