Tobacco products eliminated from school and on surrounding property for students’ health and safety
DELPHOS – It’s the start of the new school year and Delphos City Schools have implemented a new tobacco-free policy to create a more positive, healthy environment for students. The new policy prohibits all students, staff, volunteers and visitors from possessing or using any tobacco products (including electronic cigarettes of any kind) in any building, facility, or vehicle owned or leased and on school grounds, athletic grounds and parking lots.
State law prohibits smoking inside school buildings, but surrounding campuses are not automatically smoke-free areas. Delphos Jefferson instituted the policy because school staff members and visitors serve as role models to students at a time when they are making choices about tobacco for themselves. The new policy will:
- Provide a safe, healthy and tobacco-free environment;
- Ensure compliance with state laws that limit access to tobacco by minors;
- Protect students with illnesses that are worsened by secondhand smoke, such as asthma;
- Prepare students for the reality of tobacco-free workplaces and communities;
- Reduce school maintenance costs; and,
- Reduce the risk of fires.
The Allen County Creating Healthy Communities Program urges administrators at all Allen County schools to consider the impact a campus-wide tobacco-free policy would have on the health and safety of its students. “Most life-long smokers start before the age of 18. A tobacco-free campus is one way to model healthy behaviors and encourage a tobacco-free lifestyle with our children,” said Shelly Miller, Health Educator at the Allen County Public Health.
Delphos Jefferson joins other schools in the county who have adopted a Tobacco-Free Schools policy.
“The Delphos City Schools are pleased to partner with the Allen County Public Health, Delphos St. John’s and the City of Delphos in providing a healthy smoke and tobacco free campus and look forward in helping promote healthy alternatives in the Delphos Community.” said, Kevin Wolfe, Superintendent of Delphos City Schools.