Policy goes further than any other school district in banning promotion of tobacco products
Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Carol R. Johnson kicked off a campaign aimed at informing schools throughout the city of the district’s new Tobacco-Free Environment policy. The district’s policy goes further than any other in the Commonwealth in banning the use, consumption, display and promotion of all tobacco products and nicotine delivery devices on school property and within 50 feet of school property by students, parents, staff and visitors.
“We have come a long way in educating our students about the dangers of tobacco use,” said Dr. Johnson. “Even though the health dangers are well known today, we know that our students are still susceptible to clever marketing of new products that may seem less harmful than a cigarette. This policy and our campaign will ensure that our students are well informed.”
Steps being taken in the Superintendent’s campaign to inform schools of the new policy include new signs inside and outside buildings, a tobacco-free poster contest, and information on access to cessation programs of low or no cost for staff.