Can tobacco be used by pupils on public K-12 school campuses?

Every time I hear someone ask this question, I cringe.  I am reminded of my high school days in Missouri, where the high school had a designated smoking area for students who had permission from their parents or could prove that they were at least 18.  What were they thinking?

This is a very short answer – “no.”   Look in Ed Code Section 48901.  This also applies to school-sponsored activities off campus.  Think about field trips, camps, and the like.

Ed Code 48901. (a) No school shall permit the smoking or use of tobacco,
or any product containing tobacco or nicotine products, by pupils of
the school while the pupils are on campus, or while attending
school-sponsored activities or while under the supervision and
control of school district employees.
(b) The governing board of any school district maintaining a high
school shall take all steps it deems practical to discourage high
school students from smoking.

2 thoughts on “Can tobacco be used by pupils on public K-12 school campuses?

  1. I can’t believe this is even up for question. The answer is an uneqivocal NO! I remember being in high school in the mid seventies, and we all sat around on the school steps smoking. I even have pictures of us doing that. It was not hidden or forbidden. Why was this allowed? Fortunately, I was able to quit in my early twenties, and I am now a radical anti-smoking advocate. We’ve come a long way, baby, but not far enough. How did I quit? I stopped hanging around with smokers, I became educated (higher education, that is) and with the encouragement of a strong mentor, I took up swimming. That taught me to have deep respect for the health of my lungs, among other things. When people walk onto my property and disrespect me by lighting up without even asking, I take extreme offense, even worse when they throw their butts in my garden. What makes smokers think this is not littering? What makes them think that smoking outside my door where the smoke blows into my home is OK? What makes them think they don’t smell like a filthy ashtray? What makes them think I want to breathe their filthy effluent? Smokers are NOT a protected class. Smoking is NOT a right!

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