State law addresses tobacco use.
Alabama Administrative Code 290-3-1- .02 Regulations Governing Public Schools.
(16) Drug Education. In accordance with Code of Ala. 1975, Title 16, Chapter 41, the State Superintendent of Education shall administer the rules adopted by the State Board of Education pertaining to a program of drug, narcotic, alcohol, and tobacco education for the schools of the state.
- (a) All students, Grades K-12, shall be taught the adverse and dangerous effects of drugs on the human mind and body.
- (b) An interdisciplinary drug education curriculum has been developed by the Alabama State Department of Education to assist schools in complying with these rules and the Alabama Drug Abuse Education Act. Copies may be obtained from Division of Instruction, State Department of Education, Montgomery, AL 36130.
Alabama Course of Study: Health Education Substance Use and Abuse Ninth-Twelfth Grade
- Interpret federal, state, and local laws as they relate to the purchase, sale, use, and possession of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
- Identifying local school system rules for substance use and abuse
- Identify effects on health and behavior regarding the use of chemical substances, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
- Explain physiological effects of chemical substances on health and behavior.
- Examples: liver damage, emphysema, heart disease
Model Tobacco-Use and Prevention Policy
INTENT. All students shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to avoid all tobacco use, and school leaders shall actively discourage all use of tobacco products by students, staff, and school visitors. To achieve these ends, district/school leaders shall prepare, adopt, and implement a comprehensive plan to prevent tobacco use that includes:
A sequential educational program to prevent tobacco use that is integrated within the school health education curriculum; that is aimed at influencing students; attitudes, skills and behaviors; and that is taught by well-prepared and well-supported staff;
establishment and strict enforcement of completely tobacco-free school environments at all times;
prohibition of tobacco advertising;
appropriate counseling services and/or referrals for students and staff to help them overcome tobacco addiction;
cooperation with community-wide efforts to prevent tobacco use; and strategies to involve family members in program development and implementation.