State law addresses tobacco use.
GA BOE Rule 160-4-2-.12 Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Program Plan.
(1) DEFINITIONS. (a) Alcohol and other drug use education – a planned program of instruction that provides information about the use, misuse and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, legal and illegal drugs. (2) REQUIREMENTS. (a) The local board of education shall develop and implement an accurate, comprehensive health and physical education program that shall include information and concepts in the following areas.
- Alcohol and other drug use (d) Each school containing any grade K-12 shall provide alcohol and other drug use education on an annual basis at each grade level.
Georgia Performance Standard for Health Education
The National and Georgia Standard for Health Education are designed to incorporate into a curricula the following six priority adolescent risk behaviors identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Alcohol and other Drug Use, Injury and Violence (including Suicide), Tobacco Use, Poor Nutrition, Inadequate Physical Activity, and Risky Sexual Behavior. The Standard also are designed to encompass a wide range of the following common content areas: Community Health, Consumer Health, Environmental Health, Family Life, Mental/Emotional Health, Injury Prevention/Safety, Nutrition, Personal Health, Prevention/Control of Disease, and Substance Use/Abuse.
Official Code of Georgia Annotated 20-2-142. Prescribed courses
(c) The State Board of Education shall prescribe a course of study in health and physical education for all grades and grade levels in the public schools and shall establish minimum time requirements and Standard for its administration. The course shall include instruction concerning the impact of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use upon health. A manual setting out the details of such courses of study shall be prepared or approved by the State School Superintendent in cooperation with the Department of Public Health, the state board, and such expert advisers as they may choose. The Department of Education is directed to assemble or develop instructional resources and materials concerning alcohol and drug abuse, taking into consideration technological enhancements available for utilization of such instructional resources
Official Code of Georgia Annotated 20-2-144. Mandatory instruction concerning alcohol and drug use
(a) Each local board of education shall prescribe mandatory instruction concerning alcohol and other drug use in every year in every grade from kindergarten through grade 12 as shall be determined by the State Board of Education. Such course of study shall implement the minimum course of study provided for in subsection (b) of this Code section or its equivalent, as approved by the State Board of Education. Each local board of education may supplement the exact approach of content areas of such minimum course of study with such curriculum Standard as it may deem appropriate. Such Standard shall include instruction which discourages the use of alcohol, tobacco, and controlled substances and communicates that the use of illicit drugs and improper use of legally obtained drugs is wrong and dangerous.
(b) The State Board of Education shall prescribe a minimum course of study of alcohol and other drug use which maybe included as a part of a course of study in comprehensive health education where offered and where appropriate.Instruction also shall be integrated into other curriculum requirements as determined by the State Board of Education.The course shall be age appropriate, shall be sequential in method of study, and shall include the following elements where appropriate in the instruction:
- (1) Detailed, factual information regarding physiological, psychological, sociological, and legal aspects of substance abuse;
- (2) Detailed information concerning the availability of help and assistance for persons with chemical dependency problems;
- (3) Skills needed to evaluate advertisements for, and media portrayals of, alcohol, tobacco, and controlled substances;and
- (4) Detailed instruction on the need for, and role of, lawful authority and law-abiding behavior, which instruction may include interacting and working with members of the legal and justice professions.