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RHS takes tougher stand on tobacco

By Staff | Sep 19, 2014

Rugby Public Schools Superintendent Mike McNeff (left) receives a certificate of recognition from Liz Bonney, tobacco prevention coordinator for Lake Region District Health. RPS joined 141 other North Dakota schools under the North Dakota Comprehensive Tobacco-free School Policy. Tim Chapman/PCT

Ever-evolving forms of tobacco use and new marketing has schools in North Dakota revamping their tobacco-free policies.

Earlier this week, Rugby Public Schools joined 141 other North Dakota schools under the states Comprehensive Tobacco-Free School Policy.

Liz Bonney, tobacco prevention coordinator for Lake Region District Health, presented the schools with a certificate of recognition. Bonney spoke about the increasing prevalence of e-cigarettes, which are marketed to children.

“We’re educating people that (e-cigarettes) do have nicotine and carcinogens in them,” Bonney said.

The RPS policy now includes e-cigarettes and tobacco-free devices. New signage, provided by Breathe ND, will be placed around the schools.

“This comprehensive policy is important because we want to be positive role models and encourage our kids to live a healthy lifestyle,” McNeff said, “and this policy provides the solid backing for that goal.”

– Tribune Staff Report

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