According to First District Health Unit, 90% of daily adult tobacco users begin smoking before their 18.
First District is trying to reduce that statistic and they believe it starts by teaching our kids about the dangers.
To do this, they are implementing a comprehensive tobacco-free policy for their schools.
To get this certification, schools must meet 10 standard requirements including not accepting any financial contributions from tobacco companies, having a clean campus, and educating students.
Most recently, Sawyer Elementary adopted this policy.
“It’s obviously being marketed to our young people and I think the more proactive the schools could be, the better,” said Thomas Warman, Sawyer Elementary School Principal.
The First District service area covers 7 counties which is 32 schools.
So far, 24 have adopted this policy in the Minot area.