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Petaluma City Schools |  AR  5131.62  Students

Tobacco & Nicotine Use   

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Petaluma City Schools recognizes the safety and health risks associated with tobacco and nicotine use. In addition to the traditional cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos used to ingest these drugs, tobacco and nicotine use can take other forms, including vaping, juuling and other e-cigarettes. This AR is written to support students who use tobacco and nicotine in its various forms.

Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Program The district's tobacco-use prevention program shall provide students in grades 6-12 instruction which addresses the following topics: (Health and Safety Code 104420)

1. Immediate and long-term undesirable physiologic, cosmetic, and social consequences of tobacco and nicotine use

2. Reasons that adolescents say they smoke or use tobacco and nicotine

3. Peer norms and social influences that promote tobacco and nicotine use

4. Refusal skills for resisting social influences that promote tobacco and nicotine use

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

As appropriate, the district shall provide or refer students in grades 7-12 to tobacco and nicotine -use intervention and cessation activities. (Health and Safety Code 104420)

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 5141.6 - School Health Services)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

These services shall be directed toward current users and shall be voluntary for students who desire assistance in ceasing the use of tobacco and nicotine.

In addition to targeting students who currently use tobacco and nicotine, the district's program shall target students most at risk for beginning to use tobacco and nicotine as identified through a local needs assessment.

The district shall provide or refer every pregnant and parenting minor enrolled in the district to tobacco and nicotine -use prevention services. (Health and Safety Code 104460)

1. Referral to perinatal and related support services

2. Outreach services and assessment of smoking status

3. Individualized counseling and advocacy services

4. Motivational messages

5. Cessation services, if appropriate

6. Incentives to maintain a healthy lifestyle

7. Follow-up assessment

8. Maintenance and relapse prevention services

(cf. 5146 - Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students)


approved: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California

revised: February 4, 2020