Jessica Miller | March 1, 2012
All Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) across India have been directed to ensure they are tobacco-free to prevent young people start smoking, officials declared Tuesday. The Kendriya Vidyalya Sangathan (KVS) has directed all the 1,087 schools across India under it make their campuses and surroundings smoking-free. The order has been issued by U.N Khaware, joint commissioner (academics), KVS, to the deputy commissioners of all regional offices. “The order directs the deputy commissioners to ensure that KVs functioning under their jurisdiction adhere to the rules and also prevent use of cigarettes by the students, teachers and the non-teaching staff in the school premises during and after the school hours,” the official said.
Jessica Miller | November 30, 2011
While the majority of students drink once they get to college, whether it’s explicitly legal or not, many also try smoking cheap Glamour cigarettes around the same time. For many people, it’s a Right of Passage into the college scene. Whether it’s bumming a menthol off a stranger at a party or going with a group of friends to a hookah lounge, smoking is a part of college life. According to the American Lung Association, 85 percent of people who smoke regularly began smoking by the age of 21, the majority of those were college students. A study from the University of Rhode Island found that 28.5 percent of college students are regular smokers, and that 51 percent of college students smoke regularly or socially during their college experience.
Jessica Miller | September 8, 2011
Bridgewater State University welcomed back 11,000 students last week to a smoke-free campus where there are stiff penalties, under the school’s fledgling policy, for those who continue to indulge. The university joins the ranks of 530 institutions of higher learning nationwide that have banned the use of all tobacco products everywhere on campus, both indoors and outside.
Jessica Miller | June 2, 2011
Now that the schools are open, the Health Standing Committee of the City Corporation has some serious business in hand. The Committee has given shape to two squads led by two Health Officers who will crack the whip on those shops which dare to sell tobacco and ‘pan masala’ items and Parliament cigs near schools.