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Smoking prevention in schools [PH23]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Recommendation: 2

Integrate information about the health effects of tobacco use, as well as the legal, economic and social aspects of smoking, into the curriculum. For example, classroom discussions about tobacco could be relevant when teaching a range of subjects including biology, chemistry, citizenship, geography, mathematics and media studies. Deliver interventions that aim to prevent the uptake of smoking as part of PSHE (drugs education) and activities related to Healthy Schools or Healthy Further Education status. Link them to the whole-school or organisation-wide smokefree policy and involve children and young people in their design. Interventions should: be entertaining, factual and interactive be tailored to age and ability be ethnically, culturally and gender-sensitive and non-judgemental aim to develop decision-making skills through active learning techniques include strategies for enhancing self-esteem and resisting the pressure to smoke from the media, family members, peers and the tobacco industry include accurate information about smoking, including its prevalence and its consequences: tobacco use by adults and peers should be discussed and challenged be delivered by teachers and higher-level teaching assistants who are both credible and competent in the subject, or by external professionals trained to work with children and young people on tobacco issues. Support tobacco education in the classroom with additional 'booster' activities until school leaving age. These might include school health fairs and guest speakers. Encourage parents and carers to become involved, for example, by letting them know about class work or by asking them to help with homework assignments. Work with local partners involved in smoking prevention and cessation activities to deliver interventions. This could include local health improvement services, regional tobacco policy leads, local tobacco control alliances and NHS Stop Smoking Services.

What was measured: Proportion of schools that reported that they provided pupils with lessons about smoking
Data collection end: December 2014
100%
Data collection end: December 2016
95%
Area covered: England
Source: NHS Digital. Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England

What was measured: Proportion of pupils who said that they recalled a lesson on smoking in the last year
Data collection end: December 2014
55%
Data collection end: December 2016
60%
Area covered: England
Source: NHS Digital. Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England

What was measured: Proportion of pupils who said that their schools gave them enough information about smoking
Data collection end: December 2014
60%
Data collection end: December 2016
59%
Area covered: England
Source: NHS Digital. Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England



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