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Note: This site documents N.C.’s work on making public schools tobacco free, from 2000 until state law went into effect in 2008, and is provided as a resource for states and communities currently working to make their schools tobacco free. Factual information reflects research and data from 2000-2008.

Policy Communication

The key to high compliance with the 100% tobacco free school policy is clear, consistent, and ongoing communication. We encourage you to work with members of your school and community to develop a policy communication plan for your school district.  How you frame the message, the communication channels and strategies used to reach various group – including students, staff, parents, contract workers and people who use your school facilities – and how often your message is repeated are factors to consider. This section offers ideas and suggestions to ensure that all members of the school and community are aware of the policy, understand its benefits, and are clear on the consequences if the policy is violated.




Updated: December 19, 2019