School Health, Tobacco Policy

Model Tobacco Policy for Schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Guidelines for School Health Programs to Prevent Tobacco Use and Addiction”, includes recommending that schools develop and enforce policies to prohibit tobacco use by students, staff, parents and visitors on school grounds; in school vehicles; and at all school-sponsored events, on or off school property. Other guidelines include cessation support for both students and staff and involvement of parents or families in supporting programs to prevent tobacco use.

Establishing a tobacco-free school environment demonstrates a commitment to helping students resist tobacco use and emphasizes the importance of adult role modeling.

Resources and assistance is available for schools implementing or enforcing tobacco free schools policy. For more information contact Kari Senger, or the regional Tobacco Control Program Coordinator in your area.

Useful Links:
CDC Healthy Youth
CDC School Health Policy
Good and Healthy South Dakota Schools
South Dakota Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Tobacco Prevention Toolkit for K-12 Schools
South Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
Rate Your Tobacco Policy
Middle School Tobacco Survey


Karen Keyser, Health and Physical Education Specialist, 605-220-6453