Voorheesville board of education drafts enhanced smoking policy

The policy draft also states that the policy will be promoted and explained through publications, signage and announcements

The policy also explores new initiatives and programs to prevent smoking, help people quit and provide education.

"We want something more targeted," said Langevin.

The staff portion of the policy outlines training in tobacco awareness "in order to understand the importance of implementing and enforcing a comprehensive tobacco policy" as well as understand the effects of tobacco use on both students and staff. The policy also lists preventative education as a primary component of the health education program, cessation counseling and community information as major parts of the district's efforts to prevent and alleviate smoking concerns.

According to Langevin, there are occasionally problems with students smoking on school grounds.

"I think every district has that problem," she said.

District residents can submit their input on the draft, found on the district's Web site, to the board until February when it will be looked again.

Coffin recommended that the community read the draft, and make decisions and comments about whether or not they feel it is adequate.

The board will move forward once all comments are collected from district residents.""

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